Murray Green, 86, analyst, historian for the Air Force

October 26, 2002

Murray Green, an Air Force research analyst and historian, died of heart failure Monday at Sinai Hospital. He was 86 and lived in the Cheswolde section of Northwest Baltimore.

Before his retirement in 1974, he was deputy chief of research and analysis for the secretary of the Air Force in the Pentagon. In the mid-1960s he studied public reaction to defense-related issues, including the Vietnam War.

He researched the career of Gen. Henry Harley "Hap" Arnold, who in 1949 was named general of the Air Force. Mr. Green's research is housed in a library room, named after Mr. Green and General Arnold, at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Born in the Bronx, N.Y., he earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from City College of New York and a doctorate from American University in Washington, where he was elected to the honors society.

During World War II, he was a Navy cryptographer -- he studied at Harvard University -- and later served aboard an aircraft carrier in the Leyte Gulf. He attained the rank of lieutenant. He later joined the Air Force Reserves where he attained the rank of colonel.

In the early 1940s, he worked for aircraft builder Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River.

He enjoyed reading and hiking in the Shenandoah region of Virginia.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Nov. 27 at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.

He is survived by Elaine Myers Miller, his wife of five years; a son, Allen M. Green of Fairfax, Va.; a daughter, Suzi Green Owens of Lilburn, Ga.; and five grandchildren.

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