Judge Greene set a legacy for Hermann and the Midwest
Judge Richard Greene
Greene has become a Hermann, Mo. household name. You might know Marjorie and Jack Greene, or maybe their three daughters Meredith, Jonelle and Melodie. Their only son, the Honorable Richard D. Greene, born January 9, 1950, died from complications stemming from an MRSA staff infection on Sunday, Oct. 7. He was 62.
At 8-years-old, Richard was selling TV Guides door-to-door and Christmas cards in Hermann. At age 12, he worked in Greene’s Department Store on East Fourth Street, owned by his father, Jack Greene. He graduated from Hermann High School as valedictorian.
Richard Greene started as a music major with a scholarship from the Hermann High School Future Teacher’s Association, studying at the University of Missouri. After he graduated from Mizzou in 1972, he went on to graduate school at Southern Methodist University to study theology. After taking one semester, he was encouraged for a semester of law school by Zan Holmes, a professor of his from Perkins School of Theology at SMU. After one semester, he opted to make it a career.
He went into private practice in Wichita, Kan., to practice law with the firm of Morris, Lating, Evans, Brock and Kennedy, where he worked until 2003.
In 2003 he was appointed to the Kansas Court of Appeals by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, and was named Chief Judge by the State Supreme Court in January, 2011.
On Sunday, Oct. 14, over 800 persons crammed into the pews at College Hill United Methodist in Wichita, that typically seats 700 people, to pay their respects. Members of the Kansas Supreme Court, the Chief Justice of the Missouri Appellate Court, the Kansas Appellate Court and several members of Federal and District Courts were present. Also attending were a few close family friends from Hermann.
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