Educator, editorial writer and activist Karen Green


We celebrate the life, and mourn the loss, of Karen Ruth Green — a loving mother, grandmother, spouse and friend.

She was an educator with a passion for people, the environment and her community. She focused  her research on early childhood education, and created a horticultural therapy curriculum for students, teaching the skills of nurturing and caring for people through the medium of plants.

She was an industrious writer, penning letters and editorials that routinely appeared in The Riverdale Press. She volunteered her time often, and thought critically about issues that challenged our community and our nation.

She was curious and shared her ideas and opinions freely — always courting an exchange with friends, family, and quite honestly all she would encounter.

She received her undergraduate degree from Marymount Manhattan College, and received her master’s degree from Lehman College.

She is survived by her loving sons Michael, Jeffrey and Scott; their spouses Charles, Johnna and Kristen; her brother Neal; and grandchildren Jacqueline, Duncan, Julia, Maya, Zachary and Noah.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Karen Green’s memory can be made to Wave Hill, a 28-acre public garden and cultural center in the Bronx overlooking the Hudson River and the Palisades. Its mission is to celebrate the artistry and legacy of its gardens and landscapes, to preserve its magnificent views, and to explore human connections to the natural world through programs in horticulture, education and the arts.

She cherished the time she spent there, educating her children and grandchildren, spending time with friends, and enjoying this beautiful and peaceful oasis.

Gifts, which are noted to be made in memory of Karen Green, will go toward a dedication in her memory.

Those gifts can me made to

Karen Green,