The field of colonial Latin American history has lost one of its giants. Dr. Richard E. Greenleaf, noted scholar, teacher, and mentor, passed away in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on November 8, 2011, from complications related to Parkinson’s disease. He was 81.

Dr. Greenleaf was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas, on May 6, 1930. He grew up in Hot Springs and Albuquerque and took his bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees at the University of New Mexico, where he studied under Professor France V. Scholes. Dr. Greenleaf authored, coauthored, and contributed to numerous scholarly books and published almost four dozen articles in the fields of Latin American and borderlands history. He served on the editorial boards of several major publications, including the Handbook of Latin American Studies, The Americas, and the Hispanic American Historical Review, and was the recipient of many distinguished...

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