Irwin Green

August 16, 1926June 6, 2018

Irwin B Green, age 91, of Brentwood, Tennessee passed away on Wednesday June 6, 2018. Irwin was born August 16, 1926. Irwin was the son of the late Ella and Maurice Green, and the brother of Melville and Bernard Green, both of whom preceded him in death.

He was married for 63 years to his beloved wife, Harriet Green, who passed away in 2014.

He is survived by his two sons: David, and his wife, Elizabeth; and Jeffrey and his wife Julie, as well as by his grandchildren, Jacob, Emma, Christopher, and Jordan, and his wife, Lindsay.

Irwin was a lifelong New Yorker before moving to the Nashville area about four years ago to live near David. He was born in Queens, N.Y., and joined the U.S. Navy in 1944 upon graduating from Richmond Hill High School. He was assigned to the V-12 program, which provided aspiring Navy pilots with a college education. Through this program he attended Dartmouth College, and then Harvard University, from which he graduated in 1947.

Upon graduation, Irwin went on active duty and was a navigator on the USS Mount Olympus, which was the lead ship in an expedition to Antarctica led by Admiral Richard Byrd. After his discharge from the Navy, Irwin earned an MBA from New York University.

Irwin married Harriet in 1951, and they went on to raise their family in Eastchester, NY; West Orange, NJ; Yonkers, NY; and New City, NY. After David and Jeffrey graduated from college, Irwin and Harriet moved to the Upper West Side of Manhattan, where they lived for 35 years. During that time, Irwin served as President of the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue.

Irwin was a gentle man, and a gentleman. Although he was successful in business, his first priority was his family. He was a devoted son, caring for his mother when she was disabled by dementia, and was a proud father and grandfather. Most of all, he loved Harriet, and cared tenderly for her as she too became ill with dementia.

The family would like to thank all those who took care of Irwin and Harriet in their last years in New York, particularly Phyllis, Cynthia, Mary and Jennifer, as well as Mary Kate and Christie, who led an extremely caring team at Belmont Village assisted living in Nashville.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Green family.


  • Chapel Service Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Irwin Green

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Stephan Lynn, MD, Past President Stephen Wise Free Synagogue

June 14, 2018

With fond memories of your work and efforts on the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue Board and as it’s President at a difficult time when extraordinary work and service were required,, you were there for all of our congregants. It is because of that substantial effort that we have have grown and been as successful as we have been.

As we celebrate your great work at the Synagogue, we mourn your death and extend our sympathies to your family.