Philanthropist Dawn M. Greene passes away at 88

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Columbia neuroscientists Gerald Fischbach and Richard Axel, New York City mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, philanthropist Dawn M. Greene, and Columbia president Lee C. Bollinger at the March 20, 2006, announcement of the creation of the Jerome L. Greene Science Center. / Photo: Eileen BarrosoIn the past decade, Dawn M. Greene and the Jerome L. Greene Foundation have also given Columbia major donations for a state-of-the-art laboratory at the Mailman School of Public Health, the endowment of the John Snow Professorship in Epidemiology at Mailman, and the Jerry I. Gliklich Professorship of Cardiology at the College of Physicians and Surgeons.

“Dawn served as a close friend and counsel to many of us at Columbia and she was an irreplaceable partner in building Columbia University into the world’s center of new knowledge,” Bollinger says. “Her impact across Columbia’s campuses at Morningside Heights, our law school, Columbia University Medical Center, and now Manhattanville is lasting and so large as to defy easy description. We will miss her deeply, even as we rededicate ourselves to fulfilling her vision in the years ahead.”

A native New Yorker, Mrs. Greene was an avid theatergoer and arts patron. She was a graduate of Fordham University in sociology with a master’s degree in social work, and she served on the boards of Planned Parenthood of New York City and the nonprofit Inwood House.

Mrs. Greene is survived by her daughter, Christina McInerney, and her granddaughter, Margaret Williams ’05LAW.

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