Within the past 48 hours two great men who cared and fought for a safe and secure Israel passed away. One worked on a worldwide scale: Shimon Peres will be remembered in history as the congenial president and prime minister of Israel, and Nobel Peace Prize recipient. He is being lionized in the world press, and through videos, like the one AIPAC produced, found here.
Just as importantly, though, another worked in the smaller scale Santa Fe community trying to improve understanding and acceptance of the Jewish state: John Greenspan, will be remembered by the pro-Israel community of Santa Fe as a tireless champion for the State of Israel.
John was a founding member of SFMEW. We will truly miss John’s consistent encouragement for our activities, help in editing op-eds and letters to the editor, initiation of our early discussions on anti-BDS legislation in NM, and wit and sarcasm in his published letters to the editor of the Santa Fe New Mexican, especially his “winner and loser picks.” He was also a talented op-ed writer, exemplified in his 2014 “Reader View: Evolving Situation in Gaza.” John was the personification of understanding that it is the smaller community influences which can be just as important as worldwide actions. He was a role model of activism in Santa Fe. We will be forever grateful for his having been in our lives.
“May God comfort his mourners together with all the other mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.”
Reprinted here is the obituary that appeared in the Santa Fe New Mexican on September 28, 2016:
JOHN P. GREENSPAN MAY 23, 1940 – SEPTEMBER 27, 2016 Santa Fe, NM- John Greenspan, age 76, died peacefully in his sleep at home, after a struggle with adrenal cancer. John was a loving husband and father, as well as a respected lawyer and a highly-regarded radio show host. He was born in New York City to Dr. Edward and Paula Greenspan. Beginning in 1946, he lived in Baltimore with his mother and step-father, Adolf Hamburger. He graduated from The Park School in Baltimore in 1958, Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin in 1962, and The University of Maryland School of Law in 1966. He worked for the Legal Aid Bureau of Baltimore until 1973 when he took a job with the Federal Communications Commission(FCC) as an attorney in Washington, D.C. John retired from the FCC in 2000 and moved to Santa Fe, NM with his wife, Julianne Bodnar. He hosted radio shows on KSFR, Santa Fe Public Radio and KHFM. John was President of the Northern New Mexico Radio Foundation, which managed KSFR, and served on the Boards of the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, the Santa Fe Symphony, the Santa Fe Friends of Jazz, and the New Mexico Music Commission Foundation Board. He served as President of the ALH Foundation for twenty years. He also worked for the New Mexico Legislature. He enjoyed hiking (North and South Rim) to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, climbing Longs Peak, running and bicycling, attending musical events, and spending time with family and friends. He was a life-long Baltimore Orioles fan. John was a man with great passion and enthusiasm for life, noted for his optimism, generosity, sense of humor, and kindness to others. His creative spirit brought delight to many. He is survived by his wife, Julianne Bodnar; children, Katie (Alex) Applefeld of Baltimore, and Teddy (Emily) Greenspan of Los Angeles; four grandchildren, Nolan and Phoebe Greenspan, and Charlie and Daisy Applefeld; and siblings John S. (Geri) Neuberger of Overland Park, KS, and Bonnie Pillips of Hilton Head, SC. He was preceded in death by his parents Paula Unger Hamburger (Adolf) and Edward Greenspan (Norma). John will be greatly missed by many. Arrangements will be handled by Rivera Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Santa Fe Symphony, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, KSFR, or the charity of your choice. Family and friends may leave email condolences at www.memorialsolutions.com.