James M. Smith family collection  1834-1889
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Robert A. Green was born in 1925, the son of Samuel and Elizabeth Green of Brooklyn, New York. He had a brother named Robert. In the fall of 1942, Green entered Harvard University, where he joined the V-12 Navy College Training Program. From February-March 1944, he attended boot camp at Sampson Naval Training Center, after which he was assigned to Oak Knoll Naval Hospital in Oakland, California. He worked in the psychiatric ward, the laundry facilities, the staff personnel office, and the public relations office. In January 1945, he began classes at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. He earned his bachelor's degree in 1946 and an M.D. in 1948. He worked for New York City's Mount Sinai Hospital, the Bronx VA Hospital, and the U.S. Public Health Service. In 1959, he became an instructor at the University of Michigan Medical School; he was later promoted to professor. While teaching at the University of Michigan, Green also worked for the Ann Arbor VA Medical Center and held various administrative positions at the university. Robert A. Green is professor emeritus of internal medicine for the University of Michigan.