Herschel "Hank" V. Green

October 10, 1922January 14, 2013

Herschel V. (Hank) Green, a visionary real estate developer and community leader, passed away after a long illness on Jan 14, 2013. He was born in Detroit, Michigan on October 10, 1922 and moved to South Florida after serving in the United States Naval Air Reserve Force as a Lieutenant Junior Grade in World War II. He graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in Business Administration. It was in Miami that he discovered what would be his loves and lifelong passion, family and career. He lived a fulfilling life through hard work, sound judgment, determination, and integrity. Hank met his life partner of 60 years, Nancy, after building her family’s home, and together they had a beautiful family, Elizabeth (Hugh Bernstein), Robert (Roberta Taranto), Carolynn (Michael Friedman), Susann (Arnold Mittelman), and Florence (Mark Rivlin), and his nine grandchildren, Brian and James Bernstein; Jenny, Spencer and Alexandra Friedman; Scott and Jake Rivlin; Tyler Mittelman; and Isabella Taranto. Mr. Green founded and was Chairman of The Green Companies, a real estate development company in South Florida. He began as a homebuilder in 1948, and later built and developed commercial real estate. He is most known for his vision of Dadeland area as a center for business, with the development of Dadeland Towers, Dadeland Center, and Datran Center. He was passionate about Miami and championed many community organizations, some of which included Chairman of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Greater Miami Free Trade Zone, Board Member of The Performing Arts Center, President of Royal Palm Tennis Club, and other civic organizations. He was also involved in the building industry at the local, state and national level. In his industry he was recognized and received the Builder of the Year award from the Builders Association of South Florida and from the Florida Builders Association. He also served as President of both organizations, and was inducted into their Halls of Fame. He was also inducted in the National Association of Home Builders Hall of Fame. He will be deeply missed by his family, as well as those he touched with his smile and words of wisdom. The family wants to thank our extended family at Miami Jewish Health Systems and in particular his extraordinary care givers, Marie Louis and Carline Augustin, for whom we will be forever grateful. There will be a private burial. A memorial service will be held at 12:00 on Friday, January 18, 2013 at Temple Beth Am, 5950 North Kendall Drive, Miami, Fl., 33156. The family suggests contributions be made in Herschel’s memory to the charity of your choice.



  • Temple Beth AM Friday, January 18, 2013


  • Shiva: The Gables Club Restaurant

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Roger Alperin

March 15, 2013

My sincere condolences to Nancy and her family. Hank was always a very kind and generous man.

Jan Fransella

February 3, 2013

Sending my deepest condolences to the family. ..... with love

The Spector Family

January 29, 2013

The Green Family
We are saddened by his passing and we pray to G_d to grant his loved ones peace and fond memories of happy times spent with him, as we have. The words, Honor, Devotion and Kindness were defined by him.
The Spector Family

Lonnie & Mike Scheinblum

January 27, 2013

Green Family, we extend to you-all our sincere and deep sympathy on our just learning of the passing of your husband, father and grandfather. He was most fortunate to have been surrounded by such a loving & wonderful family whose presence was felt by everyone around him. May his memory be for a blessing, and may he now rest in peace, forever.

Sincerely, Lonnie & Mike Scheinblum

Richard Freer

January 27, 2013

In addition to business matters, Hank Green, of blessed memory, and I discussed Israeli politics.

He was a real mensch.


January 26, 2013


As a fond mother, when the day is o'er,
Leads by the hand her little child to bed,
Half willing, half reluctant to be led,
And leave his broken playthings on the floor,
Still gazing at them through the open door,
Nor wholly reassured and comforted
By promises of others in their stead,
Which, though more splendid, may not please him more;
So Nature deals with us, and takes away
Our playthings one by one, and by the hand
Leads us to rest so gently, that we go
Scarce knowing if we wish to go or stay,
Being too full of sleep to understand
How far the unknown transcends the what we know.

By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The Poetry Foundation

Stuart Share

January 23, 2013

Dear Nancy,
My sincere condolences on the loss of your father,

sheila and murray telvi

January 19, 2013

Dearest Carolynn and family What a privilege it was to share in the Memorial
Service for your Beloved Father yesterday. How lucky you all were to have this
Giant of a man in your lives. Your family is awe inspiring and we are Blessed to be a part of it. Lovingly, Sheila and Murray

Joan Sanz

January 18, 2013

I will always remember Hank with fondness. He was a wonderful president of Royal Palm. When I became president, he called me to offer congratulations and to tell me that he was always available for any advice. Hank was a true gentlemen, who did a lot for this community, and I will always remember his kindness.

Linda Friedman

January 17, 2013

Dear Carolynn & family,
We are sending you our deepest condolences on the passing of your father.Loving thoughts to you and your family at this difficult time.
Linda,Abbey and Mitch Friedman