Dr. Herbert Louis Greenhaus, recently of Shelburne, VT, passed on July 5, 2017, after losing a long battle with dementia. He was born on November 11, 1932, in the Bronx, NY to Ray (Ranowitz) and Isador Greenhaus. In February 1953, he married the love of his life Shirley Eckstein, also from the Bronx.
Herbert earned his BS in Chemistry at the City College of New York. He and Shirley then moved upstate where he earned a MS in Chemistry from Syracuse University. After being awarded a PHD from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Dr. Greenhaus began his professional career at the GE Research Center in Schenectady, NY. Like fellow Syracuse graduate Jim Brown, he was next off to Cleveland, only he was there for a spell at the GE Lighting Center (not the NFL). With family packed in a Plymouth station wagon, it was off for a stint at Hewlett Packard near Wilmington, DE, followed by a long career with IBM in Burlington, VT and Manassas, VA, to help get a burgeoning computer chip industry off and running. Herb loved a “good project” and could often be found tinkering in his shop as he created, fixed or improved upon one thing or another. He had a passion for listening to classical music and for playing piano, which he took up in his sixties. In Vermont you would most likely find Herb and the family cruising Lake Champlain on his boat in search of the best fishing spots. He and Shirley, avid explorers, traveled throughout the United State and the world.
Herb and Shirley raised three wonderful boys; Douglas, David and Daniel. Just before Shirley passed away in 2013, they celebrated 60 years of marriage.
Herb was dearly loved by his three sons and their wives, and by his eight grandchildren. He shared his love with family, friends, caregivers, and virtually every four legged creature (except for squirrels) he met. Heaven will be enhanced by his presence.
Herb’s wishes were to be cremated with only a small private ceremony for family. A memorial service celebrating his life will be planned for a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a charitable donation to:
Alzheimer’s Association, Vermont Chapter: www.alz.org/vermont
300 Corner Stone Drive, Suite 130 Williston, VT 05495