eter B. Greenough, a journalist and the husband of
opera soprano Beverly Sills for nearly a
half-century, has died, Sills' manager said
Thursday. He was 89.
Greenough died Wednesday at a Manhattan
hospital after a long illness, manager Edgar Vincent
Greenough began his journalism
career in 1946 as a reporter for The
(Cleveland) Plain Dealer. He left
The Plain Dealer in 1960 to become
general business editor at the
Boston Herald. He later wrote a
financial column for The Boston
But as Sills' career flourished, he
left journalism in 1969 to manage
the family's affairs.
Greenough graduated from Harvard University and the
Columbia University School of
Journalism, then served in the Army during World War II.
The couple married in 1956.
Besides Sills, Greenough is
survived by two children with her,
three from a previous marriage and
Sills sang for international audiences for more than three
decades before retiring from the stage in 1980. She then
launched a new career as an executive and leader of New York's
performing arts community.
She resigned from the Metropolitan Opera's board last year,
citing health and family reasons.