Death of Rick Greenwood

01 Oct 2014 11:47 AM | David Bergstone (Administrator)

The New England Chapter of the Vernacular Architecture Forum is deeply saddened to share the news that longtime VAF member and current VAF-NE chapter President Rick Greenwood PhD died yesterday of cancer.  For nearly three decades, Rick served on the staff of the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission, most recently as Deputy Director. Trained as an archaeologist and historian, Rick focused on social, economic, and technological forces in Rhode Island history, including research on mill villages and the industrial revolution; the Blackstone Canal and the transportation revolution; and the evolution of the Rhode Island dairy farm. Rick contributed to The Early Architecture and Landscapes of the Narragansett Basin, prepared for the 2001 VAF national conference in Newport Rhode Island. Rick had served as a Director of VAF-NE from 2001 to 2007 and as President from 2012 to the present.  Before coming to Rhode Island, Rick was a historian at the National Historic Landmarks program of the National Park Service, and he was a preservation planner for the Maryland Historical Trust.  VAF-NE extends its deepest condolences to Rick's family and his RIHPHC colleagues.

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