Marshall A. Greene, M.D.

Sept. 26, 1931–Jan. 12, 2015

Marshall A. Greene, M.D., a prominent Psychiatrist and Psychoanalyst in the San Francisco Bay Area, passed away at his home in San Mateo at the age of 83, after a brief illness.

A man passionately interested and active in a great number of areas, he was above all a dedicated physician. In addition to maintaining a private practice in Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis in San Mateo, he was very active in the mental health community. He served as a staff psychiatrist for San Mateo County Health Services, was a founding member of the Department of Psychiatry at Peninsula Hospital, and for 31 years served on the senior faculty of the San Mateo County Mental Health Services where he supervised residents and psychology interns. He also served on the faculty of the San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institute (now the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis), where he held many leadership positions, and was an active member of the Northern California Psychiatric Society for nearly four decades — including chairing the Ethics Committee for eight years. He provided mental health services for a total of 53 years — seeing patients up until a week before his passing.

Dr. Greene was born in Brooklyn, New York to Harry “Al” and Minna Seidman Greene. He was a member of the large Seidman family, growing up alongside many cousins, aunts, uncles and his grandmother. He earned an A.B. in Zoology from Cornell University, an M.D. from State University of New York at Syracuse, and then completed his internship at Montefiore Hospital in Bronx, N.Y. After this, he trained at the Menninger School of Psychiatry in Topeka, Kansas. His proudest and favorite academic experience, however, was the four years he spent at Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan (Class of 1949); he later attended reunions and enjoyed reconnecting with his classmates. Following his residency, Marshall entered the U.S. Navy (he always loved the sea) and served for the next two years as a psychiatrist at the Oak Knoll Naval Hospital in Oakland, Calif., holding the rank of Lt. Commander.

Marshall married Dorothy Roth in 1954, and the couple had their first son two years later. The opportunity to train at Menninger allowed the young Brooklynites to move westward to Topeka, Kansas, prompting Marshall’s many aunts to worry about the “dangers” posed by the “wild west” to the young family. Two more sons were born (safely) in Kansas — with one being born mere weeks before the family drove to California in July 1960. Marshall — though having never visited the state — had requested to perform his Naval service there. A fourth son arrived less than two years later. Marshall would make California his home for the rest of his life. However, the marriage ended in 1986.

In addition to his work, Marshall also enjoyed a wide array of interests — all of which he pursued with the same zeal he dedicated to medicine. He was an ardent patron of the arts — with a great love for the theater, classical and jazz music, and ballet. He held decades-long subscriptions to the Lamplighters, San Francisco Symphony, Berkeley Rep, Chamber Music, Peninsula Symphony and San Francisco Ballet. A theater critic at heart, he was not shy about sharing his opinions with his companions attending the performances and, occasionally, with the artistic directors.

Other interests included history, travel, sailing and woodworking. He read extensively — especially about the history of naval warfare, European history and Hellenic history. Had he not pursued a career in medicine, he would have likely become a historian. He traveled widely in Europe, North and South America, and Asia, studying the history and culture of each destination with the same intensity as in school. He cruised around Tierra del Fuego less than two months before his passing.

He enjoyed woodworking and maintained a woodshop in his home, becoming especially adept at building intricate dollhouses — which he lavished on both his own and his friends’ grandchildren. He owned sailboats with various partnerships and enjoyed day-sails on San Francisco Bay, where he plied guests with sunscreen, conversation and cheese. A proud member of the Jewish community, he socialized extensively with his Havurah and was a member of Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills, Calif.

In 1987, he met Marlene Levenson, with whom he enjoyed the rest of his life. The couple married in 2003. Marshall endowed his sons and grandchildren with an appreciation for his many interests; he enjoyed and celebrated their achievements and supported them through difficulties. He loved his grandchildren and was an active part of their lives.

He is survived by his wife, Marlene Levenson, sons Joel, Mark (Terry Sigal Greene), David (Beatrice Burke, M.D.) and Ken; grandchildren Noah and Jacqueline Greene; Marlene’s daughters Barbara Levenson (Tab Schweizer) and Toby Levenson, M.D. (Barry Mann, M.D.), and granddaughter Sophie Mann. He is also survived by his former wife, Dorothy Roth Greene.

Interment was held at the Seidman Family Circle burial plot on Jan. 15, 2015 in Paramus, N.J. A memorial service will be held at Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills, Calif., on Feb. 1, 2015 at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation to the Wallerstein Research Fellowship in Psychoanalysis (of the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis), 444 Natoma Street, San Francisco, CA 94103; or Lamplighters Music Theater, 469 Bryant Street, San Francisco, CA 94107.

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Maxine Plotkin

After a brief but courageous battle with cancer, Maxine passed on Dec. 19, 2014 with her loving family by her side.

Maxine will be missed by her loving husband Norman, of near 50 years; her beloved children Jeffrey and Suzanne (Brian) Young; and her adoring grandchildren Simon and Carter Young.

Maxine enjoyed her volunteer work at Mills Peninsula Hospital and she will be greatly missed by all.

Services were held at Peninsula Temple Beth El in San Mateo with interment at Home of Peace Cemetery in Colma.

Donations in memory of Maxine may be sent to the Peninsula Temple Beth El Building Fund or to the Sinai Memorial Chapel Chevra Kadisha Fund, 1501 Divisadero St., San Francisco, CA 94115.

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Stanley H. Schonberger

In the loving memory of the late Stanley H. Schonberger, 1916 to 2015.

Stanley Herbert Schonberger was born on May 18, 1916 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Shortly thereafter, he moved with his family to Omaha, Nebraska, where he attended Central High School. He attended the University of Nebraska, earning BSc. and MSc. degrees and an MD degree in 1940. He carried out his residency at City Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, as well as serving rural communities in Nebraska.

In 1941, Stanley enlisted in the U.S. Army as a Lieutenant, and served as Captain and Company Commander in the Medical Battalion of the Eighth Infantry Division, during which time he landed at Omaha Beach in Normandy and participated in the liberation of Paris and the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded a Bronze Star in recognition for valor under fire.

Following World War II, Stanley remained in the U.S. Army as a chief surgeon in the Veteran’s Administration and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army with the rank of Major in 1953. Stanley began private medical practice and continued as a vascular surgeon in San Leandro, California, until his retirement in 1989. 

Stanley married Monique Navon in 1957, and they settled in Oakland, California, where they raised two sons, Steven and Robert. Stanley enjoyed travel and maintained a lively interest in medical science and world affairs. He is remembered by his family, friends and colleagues for his keen intellectual interests, love of sports, calm demeanor and sense of humor.

Stanley is survived by his brother Howard, wife Monique, sons Steven and Robert, daughters-in-law Kiki McGrath and Pamela Speich, and grandchildren Alexander and Ella Rose Schonberger.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in the name of Stanley H. Schonberger to the following charitable organizations: The American Red Cross, Temple Sinai, or Boys Town Care for At-Risk Families.