Dawn M. Greene
August 30, 2010
Dawn M. Greene, wife of Jerome L. Greene ’28, was a generous and dedicated benefactor to generations of Columbia Law School students and faculty members. Greene passed away on August 30, 2010, at the age of 88.
Born and raised in New York City, Greene earned both her bachelor’s degree and her master’s in social work from Fordham University. She went on to perform clinical counseling work at the New York City Postgraduate Center for Mental Health
and later served on the boards of Planned Parenthood of New York City and
In 1980, Greene married Jerome L. Greene, a founding partner at the Manhattan law firm of Marshall, Bratter, Greene, Allison & Tucker, and the namesake of the Law School’s flagship building. The Greenes shared a profound passion for the arts and took an avid interest in various philanthropic activities. When her husband passed away in 1999, Dawn Greene succeeded him as president and CEO of the Jerome L. Greene Foundation.
During her time at the foundation’s helm, Greene supported significant enhancements to Law School classrooms, faculty offices, and community spaces. Her generous contributions have also funded student scholarships and endowed the Jerome L. Greene Professorship in Transactional Law, which is currently held by Professor Victor P. Goldberg.
“We will remember fondly Dawn’s generosity of spirit and her enduring devotion to Columbia Law School,” said David M. Schizer, Dean and the Lucy G. Moses Professor of Law. “Her gifts through the foundation further transformed Greene Hall into an international nexus for legal scholarship.”
Greene is survived by her daughter, Christina McInerney; her stepdaughter, Patricia Greene Humphrey; and three grandchildren: Daniel Humphrey, Joel Humphrey, and Margaret D. Williams ’05.