Wednesday, October 24, 2007

William S. Green, Esq.

There were so many things I didn't know about Mr. Green. I didn't know he interrupted Harvard Law School to fight in the Pacific as a Marine in WWII. I didn't know he was the first Deputy Attorney General of NH. I didn't know he went to the same high school I did.

Mr. Green died on Monday after living with Parkinson's for a long time. I'm not sure there's a more cruel disease. Unlike with Alzheimer's, the person who has Parkinson's is all too aware of what's happening.

I loved Mr. Green and he knew it. I treasure my memory of one of our last visits: we held hands and looked at each other, smiling. I just can't imagine him as a Marine Corps Major! But that's what makes people so fascinating and wonderful, they can always surprise you. And if you're very lucky, they make your world a better place. Thanks Mr. Green.

William S. Green was 89 and I will miss him.


At October 26, 2007 at 11:28 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very moving. He obviously meant a lot to you.

At November 1, 2007 at 8:02 PM , Blogger molly said...

how did you know mr. green? it makes me wish i'd known him too...


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