Remembering Jonathan Greenwald

Westporter and 1979 Staples High School graduate Tommy Greenwald writes:

Internist, cardiologist, clarinetist, bagpiper, banjo player, guitar player, handball player and dog lover Jonathan “Pal” Greenwald died yesterday. He was 82.

A longtime resident of Westport, Dr. Greenwald was a graduate of Hamilton College and the Albert Einstein School of Medicine. He had a solo practice in Norwalk for nearly 50 years.

Dr. Jonathan Greenwald

His many patients loved him for his intelligence, compassion, sense of humor and willingness to accept many forms of payment, including oranges and paintings.

Dr. Greenwald also played in a myriad of musical ensembles, including the Westport Community Band, Oriskany Rhythm Kings, Norfield Wind Quintet and Fairfield Pipe and Drum Corps.

In recent years he relished teaching music to children at the Roosevelt School in Bridgeport.

But what he loved more than anything was his family: his wife of 60 years, Dr. Barbara Kellerman; his children Kenneth and Thomas; his daughters-in-law Ellen Greenwald and Cathy Utz; his grandchildren Charlie, Joe, Jack, Jessica and Jake; and his siblings, Dr. Anthony Greenwald, David Galt and Leah Greenwald.

In lieu of flowers or donations, please consider doing one of the following:

  • Pet a dog
  • Listen to Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony, Benny Goodman’s “Sing Sing Sing,” or Chicago’s “25 or 6 to 4”
  • Tell a member of your family you love them.


15 responses to “Remembering Jonathan Greenwald

  1. Dianne Quagliariello

    How blessed your were to have this gentleman in your life!
    Prayers for peace Tom, Cathy, Charlie, Joe, Jack, and your entire family.

  2. What a beautiful tribute.

  3. Cornelia Fortier

    What a wonderful, talented man. And a great obit.

  4. Michael Tager

    I know Jon from our time at Hamilton College.A true gentleman,scholar and a great doctor.

  5. Tommy, our condolences.

    Dr. G was very helpful to me when I was looking to switch doctors from NYC to the Westport area. He listened carefully to the various health issues I have and then made recommendations, which turned out to be excellent.
    And I heard great things about your dad from those drs.

    It sounds like he led a full life and I hope you will take comfort in that.

  6. Listened to Sing Sing Sing! God bless

  7. Barbara Katz

    Saddened by this news. Such a great and talented fellow. Helped me with a food allergy. Condolences to his family.

  8. Roberta Tager

    Beautiful human; beautiful family; our hearts are with you always.

  9. I’m going to do all of those things you suggested to do, Tommy. My sincere condolences on the loss of your dad. Xoxo

  10. Susan Hopkins

    Lovely tribute. Sincere condolences to the family. Queuing up Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony.

  11. Dr. Greenwald was my doctor until he retired. I was lost without him. I will follow his last advice and pet my dog. To his family, my sincere sympathy. Thank you Dr. Greenwald.

  12. Albert Beasley

    My sympathy to his family. A great loss to Westport, those who loved, those . knew him and benefitted from his care. I shall always remember.

    Al Beasley, M.D.

  13. Maureen LaHiff

    Beautiful Tommy!

  14. Lovely tribute, lovely family.

  15. David Rothstein

    Jon and I were classmates at Hamilton College. I remember him so clearly as a very special fellow who was a delightful and exceptionally talented individual. This tribute to him is quite wonderful. I will follow the recommendations in his memory.