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Remembering Colonel Arlene F. Greenfield

Sep 15, 2014

Arlene Greenfield




It is with great sorrow for us to announce the passing of Patton College alumna, Colonel Arlene Greenfield. Arlene passed away suddenly on Tuesday, August 26th, 2014, in Arlington, Virginia at the age of 64.

Colonel Greenfield has been an active member of the Dean's Circle of Engagement in The Patton College of Education, was an inspiration to our students in The Patton Lecture Series, and encouraged the college Veterans Initiative to reach out and offer support to our veteran students.

“The passing of Arlene Greenfield is a deep loss to me personally and to our University community and family,” said Renée A. Middleton, dean of The Patton College of Education. “Arlene was a personal and professional mentor and confidant. I will miss her smile and enthusiasm. She was a leader and inspiration to women, veterans, and OHIO alumni as she dedicated her time, talent, and treasure to The Patton College of Education as part of the Dean’s Circle of Engagement, and to the University as past chair of both OHIO’s Women in Philanthropy and OHIO’s Alumni Association. She has helped many Patton College students with scholarship and service. The Patton College will keep her legacy alive through great achievements made possible by her dedication and generosity.”

“I am deeply, deeply saddened to learn of Arlene's passing,” said Linda Reed, chair of the Dean’s Circle of Engagement. "I speak for myself and the rest of the DCE that Arlene was an absolute pleasure to work with and was very passionate about OHIO and The Patton College. She was an advocate for our servicemen and women, she was a respected leader, and she brought a unique perspective to our discussions. Arlene often spoke of the importance of giving your time, talent, and treasure – and she gave all three in abundance. The Patton College won’t be the same without her.”

To read more about Arlene's impact on the Ohio University community, you can read the full Compass article HERE.