MARK A. GREENE, 58, died June 21, 2017, after an automobile accident near Cheyenne, Wyoming. He was the director of the American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming from 2002 until 2015. Previously, he served as college archivist for Carleton College (1985–1989), curator of manuscripts for the Minnesota Historical Society (1989–2000), and head of Research Center Programs at the Henry Ford (2000-2002). A Fellow of the Society of American Archivists (SAA), he served as president of both SAA (2007–2008) and the Midwest Archives Conference. He also chaired the SAA Manuscripts Repository Section, Congressional Papers Roundtable, and Committee on Education and Professional Development. Greene published more than twenty peer-reviewed articles and chapters in US, Canadian, British, Swiss, Spanish, and Brazilian archival publications on the topics of appraisal and collection development, reappraisal and deaccessioning, business records, congressional collections, privacy in personal papers, the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act, using university archives as instructional material, working with underrepresented communities, the tension between context and content in archival theory, the relevance of postmodernism to practicing archivists, collecting and preserving websites, and archival values. He is perhaps best known as the co-author with Dennis Meissner in 2005 of the influential article in The American Archivist “More Product, Less Process: Revamping Traditional Archival Processing,” which is now known as “MPLP.” Born September 2, 1958, in Rockville, Maryland, Greene received his A.B. (history, politics/government) Summa Cum Laude from Ripon College (1980) and his master’s (US history with a cognate in archives administration) from the University of Michigan (1984). In 2002, he married Kathy Marquis. He was a devoted husband, supportive friend, admired colleague, and much valued as a mentor, administrator, and leader. He is survived by his wife Kathy, of Cheyenne; father Gary Greene, of Longmont, Colorado; and sister Sharon Lally, of Niwot, Colorado. In Tribute “What sticks in my mind just now is his SAA Presidential address about archival values. At the end of that speech Mark said: ‘I am convinced that if we are to be confident in answering such questions as Who Am I? And Why Am I Here?, we need to wrestle with a set of values. In addition . . . I believe we need to reshape our attitudes as well. We need to be consistently proud, creative, aggressive, and optimistic.’ Mark lived his values and he made a difference to his profession and in the many lives he touched.” —Dick Cameron, retired, National Historical Publications and Records Commission “Mark chose to mentor me, encouraging me to undertake leadership opportunities when I wasn’t quite sure of my ability, listening and answering questions, always ready for a chat. I can only overcome some of my own personal sadness by making more efforts to mentor new archivists, and to continue to be involved in the archival literature—honoring the impact that Mark had on me.” —Amy Cooper Cary, Marquette University “Mark leaves behind a thoughtful, inspiring, and challenging body of literature as a gift to current and future members of our profession. The thing I most regret that they won’t be able to experience is the personal and professional generosity as well as humility that characterized the encounters many of us had with Mark.” —Kathleen Roe, retired, New York State Archives “He was a masterful writer and had a brilliant mind. He was a fundamentally good person and I was honored to call him a friend.” —Elizabeth W. Adkins, Grant Thornton LLP “Beyond his many contributions to archival literature, I will always be grateful to Mark Greene for his generosity towards the Students and New Archives Professionals (SNAP) section. He was one of the first established archivists to embrace SNAP’s mission, and he dedicated a great amount of time to sharing his experiences and expertise with SNAP members.” —Samantha Winn, Virginia Tech “For Mark, friendship was never a one-way relationship but always two way. If you had a problem, he wanted to help. If he had a problem, he wanted others to help him think it through. And he was great to share interests and adventures with.” —Christine Weideman, Yale University
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