Alan Ivan Green

Published: 11/30/2020 8:42:51 AM
Modified: 11/30/2020 8:48:46 AM

HANOVER, NH — Alan Ivan Green, a physician, died at age of 77 on November 26, 2020, following a fourteen-year bout with cancer. He died surrounded by family, his children Isobel and Henry at the bedside. His love of science, medicine, family and the community around him continued to his last days.

Born in Norwalk, Connecticut, to Dr. H. Howard and Irene Wouk Green, he was the middle child among three boys, who each followed in their father’s footsteps. Both of his brothers predeceased him in the past five years. The three brothers remained close throughout their lives, and Alan, the survivor, became the paterfamilias for nieces, nephews and cousins.

Alan attended public schools in Norwalk before Columbia University in New York (’65), and subsequently Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (’69). Studying History at Columbia taught him to love and value writing, while his time at Johns Hopkins sparked his passion for neuroscience research. He took a hiatus after his internship in medicine to spend a year as a young investigator at the National Institute of Health, and spent another year serving as the Director of Research for the White House Special Action Office for Drug Abuse Prevention. In 1972, he returned to Boston to continue his research and begin training in psychiatry.

In his first year of training, Alan fell ill with a viral illness that left him bed-bound for seven years. He passed the time reading and writing stories. Just as his health was improving, he met Franny Cohen, a lawyer in New York. He returned to psychiatric residency in 1981.and married Franny in Manhattan in 1983, in a joyous ceremony at the Spanish and Portuguese synagogue. In 1994 they welcomed twins Henry and Isobel.

Following residency Alan relaunched his career as a scientist, first at Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Mental Health Center, where he ran the Commonwealth Research Center, and later at Dartmouth, where he was Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Director of the Dartmouth SYNERGY Clinical and Translational Science Institute. His own research focused on understanding the basis of schizophrenia and substance abuse and developing better treatments for these disorders. He mentored dozens of young researchers, trying to give back to others what he had received from his own key research mentors, especially Solomon Snyder (at Johns Hopkins) and Joseph Schildkraut (at Harvard).

Alan leaves behind Franny, loving partner of 37 years, and twins Henry Streit Green and Isobel Wouk Green. They will carry with them his curiosity, kindness, and love of music and family. He is also succeeded by his beloved sisters in law Lesley and Judith Green; nephews and nieces, Bruce and Lyn Green, Charlie Brock, Christopher and Hillary Green Mahon, Rebecca Cole Heinowitz and William Staples; and great-nieces and nephews, Lesley Brock, Laura Brock, Taylor Brock, Grant Green, and Adam and Mark Mahon.

A zoom funeral will take place at 11:00 am on 11/29/2020, with a private burial to follow. The family will observe shiva at home in Hanover, with limited visitors due to COVID, but with zoom participation encouraged.

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