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Lewis Allen Greenly, M.D., 70, of New York City died Saturday morning, November 9, 2019. Dr. Greenly was born and raised in Beaufort, SC, the son of Sam and Lucille Greenly. His grandfather, Leopold Schoenberg, owned the Beaufort Home Bakery, widely remembered for its donuts and pecan pies.

Dr. Greenly graduated from Beaufort High School, the University of Michigan, the Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine, and the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. He completed his psychiatry residency program at Mt. Sinai Hospital, New York, where he was Chief Resident.

For 34 years Dr. Greenly worked at FEGS, Federated Employment and Guidance Services — first as Medical Director, then as Chief of Psychiatry. He was dedicated to making a difference in the lives of patients and students. In 1981, he received the Richard L. Scharf, M.D. Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching — Department of Psychiatry, The Mount Sinai Hospital. He continued to serve as Clinical Instructor, Psychiatry, at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. Throughout his career Dr. Greenly pursued his passion for theater. New York City’s Broadway community will miss one of its most avid fans.

He is survived by his husband, Dr. Anthony Amodia, his best friend of 40 years and husband since November 2015. Also surviving is older brother, Michael Greenly in NYC and his husband, Tony Smith. In addition is younger brother, Robert Greenly in Newton, Massachusetts; sister-in-law Ricky Greenly and Dr. Greenly’s two nieces. Laura and Savannah. He was close, as well, with his theatre-going cousin, Susan Reznik of Queens, NY. Unfailingly polite and charming, Dr. Greenly was considered by many the epitome of a “Southern Gentleman.”

Graveside services and burial will be held at the Beth Israel Cemetery, 906 Bladen Street, at 11:00am on Wednesday, November 13.

Donations may be made in Dr. Greenly’s memory to the Beth Israel Synagogue, 401 Scott Street, P.O. Box 328, Beaufort, SC 29902 or to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, 165 W 46th St #1300, New York, NY 10036.

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  1. Paula Hendricks Culbreth says:

    It is with deep sadness that I wish to convey my condolences to the family and husband of Lewis. We were classmates at Battery Creek Elementary through Beaufort High School and remained friends over the years. Lewis treated a group of his friends to dinner when we met for our 50th high school class reunion in October 2017. When I came to New York last year, he met me at the museum for a tour and lunch and spoke of a play he was involved with. Lewis had a great enthusiasm for life that was contagious. I treasure the friendship we had.

  2. Steve Wolfson says:

    My deepest condolences to Tony and to the other members of Lewis’s family. I knew Tony when we worked together at the Gay Men’s Health Project on Grove Street in Greenwich Village many during the late 1970s. It was during that time that Tony first met Lewis who was truly a gentle and caring man and having their friendship was a joy. Sadly, over the years we drifted and lost touch but mutual friends would occasionally run into them, usually at the theater; it was good to hear that they were happy and doing well. I know Lewis will be sorely missed.

  3. SUSAN TORNEY says:

    I recently found out about Lewis’ passing. Please accept my deepest condolences. I worked for the dentist he went to in NY. I was extremely fond of Lewis and had many wonderful conversations with him. We shared a love of theater and travel. He gave me great tips for my trip to Paris and I think of him every time I look at my sunset pictures from Eiffel Tower. I am saddened to hear of his death. May his memory be a blessing to you and your family.

  4. Roger Mendis says:

    I just found out about Lewis’s passing. I am so deeply sad to have learned of this because in our short friendship, he was so kind, considerate and taught me a lot about films and Broadway. There was a lot to like about Lewis. He was urbane and witty. I shall miss him a lot. My sincerest condolences to Tony.

    Roger Mendis
    Sydney Australia

  5. Kaaren Douglas says:

    Lewis and I were interns together in Greenville, SC before he migrated to his forever home in NYC. He was a dear friend and co-survivor of a challenge well known to anyone who has been through such an experience. He wanted to be a full-fledged and qualified doctor and so he did this difficult thing before going into psychiatry. I have so many fond memories of him. Sad to know he has passsed on.

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