Edward ‘Ted’ Greer

Greer, Edward "Ted" Edward, Age 95, passed away peacefully on Monday December 10th at Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital in St Louis Park, MN. He was born November 23rd, 1923 in Minneapolis MN to Russell and Ruth (Wyer) Greer. He graduated from Blake High School where he played football, hockey, and tennis. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a Masters Degree in Education in 1948. During this time he played on both the football and hockey teams. He was captain of the hockey team in 1943 and played on the first ever NCAA Division One national championship team. He served in the naval ROTC program while in college and spent one year active duty as a naval Ensign until the end of WW2. He married the love of his life, Donie Murray, in Birmingham Michigan in 1948. They both taught school for one year in Sault Ste Marie Michigan and then moved to Edina Minnesota to begin a 35 year career of teaching, coaching and being a principal at the newly built Edina High School. He started the first Edina High School boys hockey team and coached for 7 years until he became a principal. After 12 years of being a principal he went back to teaching and coaching. He became the first Edina High School girls tennis coach and had 5 straight state championship teams (which turned into 16 straight titles after he retired). Ted and Donie spent seven summers as co-directors of Camp Lake Hubert in northern Minnesota from 1970-1977. Ted spent many summers throughout his life sailboat racing on Lake Minnetonka and other area lakes and also taught sailing lessons at the Minnetonka Yacht Club. Upon retirement they moved to a home on Lake Minnetonka where he worked part time as tennis pro at the Northwest Tennis Clubs. In full retirement they found themselves on North Long Lake in the summer and Gulf Shores, AL in the winter. Ted is survived by his wife of 70 years, Donie (Murray) Greer; his daughters, Marnie Whalen (Chuck), Amy Duepner (Rick), Jody Rice (Bob); son, Murray (Beth); 12 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren. He had many honors as an athlete, teacher, principal and coach but he was most proud of his family. He was a role model to all of us modeling humility, integrity, gratitude and drive. In his 90’s he was still on the tennis courts as the Brainerd Dispatch described him as "The Man Who Never Stops". His enthusiasm and zest for life will be missed. A private family memorial will be held in his honor.

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