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Stephen Alan Green, 85

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. —  Stephen A. Green died on September 12, 2023, in his beloved home of North Adams, MA. While no one could quite believe it, he was 85 years old and by all appearances healthy, though his heart had other ideas. We, his family, like to think that he gave so much of his heart to others that he simply ran out.

Steve was born on August 27, 1938, in New York, NY, the son of Alan Green and Gladys Blun Green. He grew up in New York, NY and in Westport, CT, the middle of three sons. While his brothers were star students and went on to become academics at major universities, Steve would not mind us sharing that he was a struggling student who failed out of college in his first two attempts. At a loss for what to do, he enrolled in the Army and went into basic training in Louisiana which was the fodder for many funny stories. Following his discharge, he ended up in New York City as a manager at Gimbels department store. In a chance encounter with an old friend, he was hired for a job doing coding on a sociological study and he realized that he found his calling. The leader of that project encouraged him to get a degree in sociology from City College of NY. He landed his dream job teaching at North Adams State College in 1973 and received his PhD in sociology from City University of NY in 1978.

Steve met his wife, Sue, through a friend. As his mother said, “We knew when we met her that she was it.” They were married in his parents’ backyard in Westport, CT in 1971.

Over the course of his 36-year career at NASC (now Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts), Steve served as professor of sociology, chair of the sociology department, and in various administrative roles, ultimately serving as Vice President of Academic Affairs under the leadership of Mary Grant, his former student and dear friend. Owing to his own life’s journey as a struggling student who returned to college as an adult, his passion was always for the college’s many non-traditional students, for whom he was a friend, mentor, cheerleader, and advocate. Steve was also a huge fan of MCLA athletics, and he could often be found on the sidelines cheering on his beloved Trailblazers.

Steve’s study of sociology piqued his interest in how communities could thrive and led to a collaboration with Al Bashevkin, who had a vision to build a coalition of community agencies. Thus was born Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, of which Steve was a board member for many years. Over the years, he received many awards for his work in the community. Never one to toot his own horn, Steve would not want them enumerated in his obituary. One of the most fun and meaningful ways he engaged with the community was when he co-chaired the pledge campaign for Northern Berkshire United Way with his wife, Sue, over two successive years. In retirement, Steve enjoyed volunteering with the Al Nelson Food Pantry in North Adams.

Steve was so many things to so many people. A partner, a dad, a grandpa, a brother, a fan, a friend. He loved people and always saw the good in everyone. He was a faithful correspondent, and the chief thank-you note writer for every community enterprise in which he engaged; when he died, he left behind his ever-present stack of thank-you notes and a list of those to whom he wished to thank.

Steve leaves his wife and life partner of 52 years, Susanne Walker; his two daughters, Julie Green (Bill Murray) of Amherst, MA and Caroline Green Christopoulos (Ezekiel) of Asheville, NC and New York, NY; his three granddaughters, Lianne Murray, Corinne Murray, and Cosima Green Christopoulos; his much loved former foster granddaughter Khamille; two brothers, Christopher Green of B’aie d’Urfe, Quebec and Thomas Green of Oberlin, OH. He also leaves behind his “son” Charlie the shih tzu whom he spoiled mercilessly.


FUNERAL NOTICE: In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Al Nelson Food Pantry or the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition. The family in conjunction with MCLA will hold a celebration of Steve’s life on Saturday, December 2 at 1pm at the Amsler Gymnasium on the MCLA campus. To add to the book of memories please visit

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Dear Sue, my heart goes out to you and your daughters. Steve was my professor and advisor all through my college years at NASC from 1985-1989. He was such a kind man and a shining beacon in the community and every life he touched was made all the better from his guidance, caring and enduring love and faith in making the world a better place. I will alway miss him and remember him. My love and prayers are with you and your family. God Bless you all. Sincerely, Christine Rupprecht
from: Christine Rupprechton: 09-20-2023

Dear Susanne, Julie and Caroline - My deepest condolences to you all on the passing of Steve. I am sure you know this and have heard it before, but Steve was one of the BEST people ever! He was kind, thoughtful, smart, funny and a good man. His legacy of what he has done for Northern Berkshire and the city of North Adams will always be remembered! My heart is breaking to know that he is gone…but he will never be forgotten! May he rest in peace. Carla (Daugherty/Parker) Holness
from: Carla Holnesson: 09-19-2023

Dear Julie and Caroline, please accept my sincere condolences.
from: Chris Wondoloskion: 09-19-2023

Julie and family, our deepest condolences to you and your family, much love to all????
from: on: 09-19-2023

Sue and Family, so sorry to hear of Steve's passing. He was such an awesome guy, good friend and positive influence on everyone he met. Prayers and condolences for you all.
from: Joyce and Mark Lincourton: 09-19-2023

Sue and family,
I am so sorry to hear of Steve's passing. His memory will live on in so many positive ways - he made so many wonderful contributions to the community. You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.
from: Kathy Gwozdzon: 09-18-2023

Sue, Julie, & Caroline -
I am so sorry to hear about Steve. He was a wonderful and kind man. I have many fond memories of him from the neighborhood. Sending you all peace and love.
from: Amie Howlandon: 09-18-2023

I first met Steve when I was a student at NASC. He was a huge support to me as I navigated the college as a blind student. Over the years Steve became a colleague and dear friend. I will miss his cheerful greetings, his support, and most importantly his friendship.
from: Nancy Rumbolt-Trzcinskion: 09-18-2023

Steve was my Sociology professor at NASC and I always enjoyed running into him and talking with him many times in the years since I graduated. Steve was a true gentleman in every sense of the word and he will be missed by many. God Bless and R.I.P.
from: Paul Moriartyon: 09-18-2023

As hard of a loss it is to our community, my heartfelt condolences to Sue and family. North Adams community will never be the same without Steve in it. I am very sad to learn of his passing. I always looked forward to seeing him and catching up with him. I had the pleasure of having him as an advisor and teacher while attending MCLA. RIP my friend.
from: Linda Wootenon: 09-18-2023

He made the world a better place and those he touched will carry that wonderful legacy forward. I am honored to have known him.
from: Peter Mayon: 09-18-2023

Steve was an inspiration. to so many. It's hard to imagine North Adams without him. Condolences and much love to you Susanne.
from: Kevin O'Connoron: 09-18-2023

It was a pleasure to grow up next to such a great man. You surely will be missed. May your family find comfort in all the fond memories and love that you shared.

Trina Pevey (Galli)
from: on: 09-18-2023

Please accept my condolences. He was quite the man.
from: Samuel Gomezon: 09-18-2023

My condolences go out to Sue and Family.I had the pleasure to work with Steve at MCLA he was a wonderful person he would do anything for anyone He was also my friend and he will be Truly missed Rest in Peace my friend.
from: John Brownon: 09-17-2023

So sorry for your lose!!! R.I.P. Steve
from: Eileen & Sadieon: 09-17-2023

To Sue and family. So surprised to here of Steve's passing. When Phil and I moved to North Adams he and Sue were one of our greatest supporters. Always there to encurage our creative endeavors. Phil flourished here with Steve as a role model. What an honor and gift to know Steve and Sue. My heart is with you Sue and family. Xoxoxoxo
from: on: 09-17-2023

Our sincere sympathy to the Green family.

Gwen & Woody Boillat
from: on: 09-16-2023

Sue, and family I am very sorry for Steve’s passing. Your in my thoughts.
from: Barb Gagnonon: 09-16-2023

Steve was one of the kindest and most thoughtful persons that you would ever want to meet. He always had a smile on and would go to great lengths to help our community be a better place. You would often see him walking downtown with a quick step, and briefcase in hand going to a meeting with local safety net agencies to see how he could be of assistance.
The world is a lesser place with his loss. My condolences to Sue and their family.
from: Jerry Desmaraison: 09-16-2023

An outstanding human being, he will be missed.

Sharon and Charlie Nemser
from: Sharon DeMyer Nemseron: 09-16-2023

Just a Great Person
from: Jeff Vigna on: 09-16-2023

I am so sad to hear of Steve's passing. He was a good friend and a powerful force of positivity at MCLA. I send my sincere condolences.
from: Carl Villanuevaon: 09-16-2023

As a former student and co worker of Steve's I cab say he was a true gentleman. He was my teacher and advisory when I was taking night classes and gave me encouragement to complete my degree on several occasions. As a long time member of the NASC and MCLA staff he was a pleasure and true gentleman to work with. We recently stopped and talked to him at the downtown celebrations and my wife and I both commented how good he looked and how he never seems to change, always such a pleasant person. We were both shocked to here of his passing. Our hearts go out to his family, he will be missed greatly.

from: Anthony & Sandra Miranteon: 09-16-2023