TOPEKA, Kan. – Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff beginning immediately in honor of Kansas Court of Appeals Chief Judge Richard D. Greene who died Sunday. In accordance with Executive Order 10-12, flags will remain at half-staff from sun-up to sun-down until the interment of Chief Judge Greene.
“On behalf of the citizens of Kansas, Lt. Gov. Colyer and I offer our deepest condolences to Chief Judge Greene’s wife, Mary Sue, their family and the judicial community,” Gov. Brownback said. “Chief Judge Greene was a dedicated public servant who loved the court and our great state. He will be missed.”
Born in Hermann, Missouri, Greene received a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1972, and a J.D. from Southern Methodist University-Dallas in 1975. Upon graduation he practiced law with the firm Morris, Laing, Evans, Brock & Kennedy for 28 years. Former Governor Kathleen Sebelius appointed him to the Court of Appeals in June of 2003. Greene was appointed Chief Judge by the Supreme Court effective January 10, 2011.
Chief Judge Greene is survived by his wife, Mary Sue, four daughters and four granddaughters
Again, flags should remain at half-staff from sun-up to sundown until burial of Chief Judge Greene. Flags may remain up at half-staff overnight if they are properly lit. Funeral arrangements are pending.