Greene, Archie L., 1945-
- Existence: 1945-
Archie Lou Greene was born to Archie Lou Shipp Greene and General Grant Greene, Jr. in 1945, and grew up in Ames, Iowa. She lived there with her grandparents and attended Ames High School, where she was active in choirs and served as student body president. Although she was offered a vocal music scholarship, Greene chose to study literature. In 1967 she received her B.A. in English from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, and went on to study for her master's degree at Pennsylvania State University (Penn State). While working on that degree, Greene was stricken with a disease eventually diagnosed as spinocerebellar degeneration. This disease, similar to multiple sclerosis, made Greene's journey toward her Ph.D. from the University of Iowa an extraordinary challenge. She earned her doctorate in 1990. Greene's life in Iowa City has also included volunteering at the Iowa City Public Library and participating in the annual Hospice Road Races.