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Dr. Richard Greenleaf Honored

dr-richard-greenleafDr. Richard Greenleaf was honored at a reception this past August by University Libraries, the UNM Latin American and Iberian Institute and the UNM Foundation for a lifetime of scholarship and generous giving.
The event was hosted at University House and drew friends, students and colleagues from across the country and Mexico to celebrate the publication of The Inquisition in Colonial Latin America: Selected Writings of Richard E. Greenleaf published by the Academy of American Franciscan History.

Although born in Arkansas, Greenleaf spent his childhood in New Mexico where he developed his interests in Native American culture, the Southwest and Latin America. He completed his undergraduate and graduate education at the University of New Mexico, receiving his Ph.D. in 1957. His graduate advisor, and UNM icon, France V. Scholes, introduced him to many of his lifelong interests. From 1955 to 1969, Greenleaf taught in the history department at the University of the Americas in Mexico City. In 1969, he moved to the history department at Tulane University, remaining there until his retirement in 1998.

Dr. Greenleaf’s generosity is well-known. He has given nearly $1.2 million to the University of New Mexico. He continues to support the Greenleaf Student Fellowship, the Greenleaf Visiting Library Scholar Program and the Greenleaf Crypto-Judaism program.

His most recent contribution to University Libraries was given to the Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections to begin to create detailed digital reference guides to more than 85,000 pages of Spanish Colonial documents. Michael Kelly, associate dean for scholarly resources says, “With this gift, Dr. Greenleaf is providing the next generation of scholars access to primary resources that have, until now, not been widely available.”

It is a testament to Dr. Greenleaf that so many of his colleagues and students attended the festivities. A special fund at the UNM Foundation is being set up to honor him.  Please call Maggie Schold (505) 277-5632 for information.