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Peter Bulkeley Greenough

Death: Died
Immediate Family:

Son of Henry Vose Greenough and Emery Greenough
Husband of Beverly Sills
Brother of Henry Vose Greenough

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About Peter Bulkeley Greenough

Peter B. Greenough (February 6, 1917 – September 6, 2006) was an American journalist and editor. He was the husband of opera singer Beverly Sills.

Greenough was born in Brookline, Massachusetts and graduated from Harvard University and the Columbia School of Journalism. In 1940, he was hired by The Plain Dealer (which was at the time owned by members of his family); he remained at the Plain Dealer (except for service with the United States Army Air Corps in Africa and Sicily during World War II) until 1960, working as a reporter, copy editor, business editor and finally as an associate editor.

He married Sills, his second wife, in 1956, having previously divorced from Jane Thomas. In 1960 Greenough and Sills moved to Boston, Massachusetts, where he worked as the general business editor for the Boston Herald and later a columnist for the Boston Globe. He resigned in 1969 to dedicate himself to his family's affairs.

Greenough died in Manhattan, New York City on September 6, 2006 after a long illness. He was survived by Sills, their two children, three children from his first marriage, and two grandchildren.


Peter B. Greenough, 89, Former Columnist, Dies


Published: September 8, 2006

Peter B. Greenough, a former financial columnist for The Boston Globe and the husband of the opera star Beverly Sills, died on Wednesday in Manhattan. He was 89.

Ms. Sills confirmed the death and said he had been ill for several years.

Mr. Greenough was a columnist for The Globe from 1961 to 1969. From 1940 to 1960, he was a reporter, copy editor, business editor and associate editor at The Plain Dealer, the Cleveland newspaper that was then owned by his family. Mr. Greenough’s mother, Emery Holden Greenough, was the daughter of Liberty Emory Holden, who bought The Plain Dealer in 1885. In 1967, the family sold the paper to the Newhouse newspaper chain.

Peter Bulkeley Greenough was born on Feb. 6, 1917, in Brookline, Mass. He was a descendant on his father’s side of John Alden, who came to America on the Mayflower in 1620.

Mr. Greenough graduated from the Milton Academy in 1935, from Harvard in 1939 and from the Columbia School of Journalism in 1940. In World War II, he was a lieutenant in the Army Air Corps and saw action in the African and Sicilian campaigns.

In addition to Ms. Sills, whom he married in 1956, Mr. Greenough is survived by four daughters: Lindley Thomasett of Bedford, N.Y.; Nancy Bliss of Woodstock, N.Y.; Diana Greenough of Lancaster, Mass.; and Meredith Greenough of Manhattan; a son, Peter B. Greenough Jr. of Manhattan; and two grandchildren.

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