Obituary — Richard Greenbaum
May 26, 2003
Richard Greenbaum passed away from complications of lung cancer on April 27, 2003, in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. He was born in San Diego, Calif., on May 23, 1927, and was 75 years old.
The best description for Richard Greenbaum would be “skier.” Richard (Greenie to his friends) had been a skier for over 55 years.
He graduated from Coronado High School and San Diego State College and served in the U. S. Navy from 1945 to 1946. He was an oceanographer with Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, Calif.; Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University, Stanford, Calif.; and various oceanographic consulting companies. He was president of his own company, Applied Oceanographics, before returning to Scripps as a business officer.
Despite suffering a major head injury from a skiing accident in 1978, he returned to skiing, saying his legs were still okay. Upon retirement in 1981, Greenie made his home in South Lake Tahoe, averaging 30 to 50 days of skiing per year at Heavenly Valley and other local resorts. He traveled summers to New Zealand for heli-skiing where, between 1984 and 1985, he skied over 500,000 vertical feet, the record for a visitor at that time.
Greenie is survived by his children, Fritz Greenbaum of Sonoma, Calif. and Carre Weischedel of Santa Ysabel, Calif.; brother, Russell Greenbaum of San Diego, Calif.; three grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
His ashes will be scattered at a later date in the mountains he so loved.