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Dr. James A. "Jim" Green '59

Dr. James “Jim” A. Green ’59 died on March 1, 2017, in San Francisco at the age of 80, after a three-year battle with vascular dementia. He went peacefully, with his daughter by his side. Dr. Green was born in Philadelphia on October 12, 1936, to John Green, a pharmacist, and Rebecca (Statneko) Green, a schoolteacher. Jim grew up above his father's pharmacy in central Philadelphia.

He married Patricia Lawrence-Toombs in 1969. While their marriage did not last, they remained good friends. Dr. Green earned his bachelor's degree in psychology in 1959 from Antioch College and his master’s degree and Ph.D. in Psychology from University of Colorado, Boulder, in 1967. In 2000, in the midst of a successful private practice, he earned a Psy.D in Psychoanalysis from the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis of Los Angeles.

Dr. Green's career began at University of California, Riverside, where he taught and conducted research under the renowned social psychologist, Harold Gerard. Dr. Green followed Gerard to University of California, Los Angeles. From there, Dr. Green worked in a variety of settings, from academia, to Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, to the VA and UCLA hospitals, to his private practice. His work has been published in a variety of professional and academic journals.

But it was Jim's coming out as a gay man in the early ‘80s, in an era when doing so not only required courage but also entailed a certain amount of risk, that shaped much of the focus of his practice, work, and personal life. He had a deep love of his work and his patients as well as a strong drive to help others.

As Jim's health declined in September 2016, he moved from Los Angeles to San Francisco to be closer to his daughter Caroline Rooney, her husband Sean Rooney, and his two grandchildren, Declan and Quinn. Jim is also survived by his ex-wife, Patricia Lawrence-Toombs Green and his brother Stephen and his brother's two grown children, Robert and Andrea. Jim's love of music, the arts, and travel, along with his deep affection for his family and friends, were a key part of his life. He particularly loved movies, plays and the opera and incorporated those interests into his travel. His playful and at times feisty personality and his compassionate nature will be sorely missed by all who loved him.

A celebration of Jim's life was held at Temple Beth Chayim Chadashim in Los Angeles on April 23, and another will be held in San Francisco at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to ACLU, Beth Chayim Chadashim, Hospice by the Bay, or Coming Home Hospice, where he was so well taken care of during the last three months of his life.