Dr. Kenneth R. Greenleaf, 86


Marlborough – Dr. Kenneth R. Greenleaf, 86, died Wednesday July 22, 2009, at Marlborough Hospital. He was the husband of Elaine (Coyne) Greenleaf, to whom he had been married for the past 27 years.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his sons, Robert Greenleaf, and wife, Barbara, Thomas Greenleaf, and Theodore Greenleaf and wife, Susan; his daughter, Nancy Greenleaf Canty and husband, Peter; his brother, Francis D. Greenleaf, and wife, Ethel; his sister, Louise Hall; six grandchildren; two greatgrandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Born in Foxborough, he was the son of the late Ralph R. and Esephane (Dodge) Greenleaf. After graduating in 1940 from Foxborough High School, he attended Northeastern University, graduating in 1945. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy and the Naval Reserves.

Dr. Greenleaf received his medical degree from Harvard University School of Medicine in 1948. After completing a residency in surgery at University Hospital in 1955, he opened in private practice in Marlborough. On the surgical staff of Marlborough Hospital, as well as Framingham Union Hospital, he was a member of the AMA and the Massachusetts Medical Association.

From 1956-1979, he served on various boards and committees, including President of the Medical staff of Marlborough Hospital, President of the Middlesex West District Medical Society, Executive Councilor and Nominating Councilor for the MA Medical Society, Medical Examiner for the Commonwealth of MA, former Chief of Surgery at Marlborough Hospital, Chairman of the Charles River PSRO Nominating Committee, voting member of the BlueShield Corp. In addition, he was a member of the State professional liability committee, state socio-economic committee, the Council of New England States Medical Societies and the Marlborough Hospital Building Committee. He also was Vice President and Trustee for the Hillside School for Boys and was the school Physician from 1956-1998, the year of his retirement.

Although he maintained a busy surgical practice, Dr. Greenleaf had many outside interests. He enjoyed boating, gardening, tennis, golf, camping and softball. He had been a member of the board of directors and team manager for Sudbury Little League, as well as a player and manager for the Sudbury physicians softball team, known as MASH. He had also been Past President of the Marlborough Historical Society.

A funeral service was held July 27 from St. Matthias Church in Marlborough, with burial at Forestvale Cemetery of Hudson. The Slattery Funeral Home of Marlborough assisted with arrangements. Donations may be made to Marlborough Hospital, 157 Union St., Marlborough, MA 01752 or to the Hillside School, 404 Robin Hill Rd., Marlborough, MA 01752.

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