Might 19, 1935 – March 24, 2020
Carol Greiner met her husband-to-be after they have been kids in Meriden, Conn. However her adventurous spirit took her to Dallas after which across the nation as an American Airways flight attendant for 2 years earlier than they married.
“My mom was fiercely unbiased, aggressive and felt strongly about public service,” mentioned the couple’s oldest son, Kevin Greiner. “What most individuals don’t know is that she was additionally means forward of her time. Within the late 1950s, when girls her age have been anticipated to marry and begin elevating kids, she moved throughout the nation to begin a profession on her personal. By the point she was 24, she noticed extra of the nation than most individuals see in a lifetime.”
Mrs. Greiner died March 24 in her Amherst dwelling surrounded by her household after a interval of declining well being. She was 84.
The Greiners arrived in Buffalo in 1967 after Dr. Greiner accepted a place on the College at Buffalo Legislation Faculty. Whereas Dr. Greiner rose by way of the ranks at UB to turn into its 13th president, serving from 1991 to 2003, Mrs. Greiner, along with elevating 4 kids, aided native organizations supporting younger individuals and the humanities, neighborhood occasions and youth sports activities.
She was born on Might 19, 1935, in Meriden, the daughter of Robert and Lydia Morrissey, a mailman and manufacturing unit employee. From age 5 she danced with childhood buddy Tomie dePaolo, who went on to turn into an award-winning kids’s ebook creator and illustrator. They danced all through Connecticut and received a number of competitions in New York Metropolis.
She and William Greiner have been highschool sweethearts. After graduating in 1954 from Meriden Excessive Faculty, the place she was a star athlete, Mrs. Greiner attended the College of Connecticut. After commencement, she entered the American Airways coaching program in Chicago. She then moved to Dallas, and for 2 years labored as a flight attendant on home routes.
“On West Coast runs she steadily met celebrities,” her household mentioned, “together with her idol Gene Kelly, who helped her serve breakfast to the aircraft’s passengers.” In 1956, she helped manage and labored on flights that transported refugees from the Hungarian rebellion to the US.
“Her youth was marked by journey, and her whole life was outlined by her storybook romance with Invoice,” her household mentioned. Though she liked her work, when he proposed marriage she was compelled to give up as a result of firm coverage on the time prohibited married stewardesses. Her parting present from the corporate was a 90-day move, with which the newlyweds traveled the nation.
Dr. Greiner accepted a place on the College of Washington, and the couple began their household in Seattle, the place Mrs. Griener organized a marketing campaign to boost funds to open town’s first kidney dialysis heart.
She was a longtime member of the Kiwi Membership, a nationwide alliance of American Airways stewardesses. She was president of her native PTA, a Cub and Lady Scout chief, and helped set up the primary Teen Middle in Amherst. At UB, she labored to make sure entry to greater training for college kids of restricted means, her household mentioned.
In 1998, Mrs. Greiner was named chairwoman of the Council of Presidents’ and Chancellors’ Spouses of the Nationwide Affiliation of State Universities and Land-Grant Faculties. She had participated within the spouses’ council of the nationwide affiliation since 1991 and served as secretary in 1996. She was a member of the chief committee of the Companions Program of the Affiliation of American Universities.
Regionally, she served on the boards of the Amherst Youth Basis and the Bethel Head Begin Program’s Language Growth Program and was a member of the Ladies’s Committee of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Ladies of Studio Area and Ladies for Downtown. She was an honorary board member of Upstage NY and honorary chairwoman of the UB Ladies’s Membership and Buddies of the UB Middle for the Arts.
In 2001, she was honored by the Western New York Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Basis as an excellent particular person supporter.
She was a participant within the long-running “DIVA by DIVA: A Celebration of Ladies” performances by O’Connell & Co., beginning within the 1990s.
Dr. Greiner died on Dec. 19, 2009, after coronary heart surgical procedure.
In addition to her son Kevin, Mrs. Greiner is survived by two different sons, Terrence and Daniel; a daughter, Susan Keenan; 13 grandchildren and a niece. Funeral providers have been personal. A public memorial service might be held later this 12 months.