Sarah L. Greene, 118th president, is a third-generation newspaperwoman, following her parents, the late Georgia and Russell H. Laschinger, and grandfather, George Tucker, as publisher of The Gilmer Mirror. The fourth generation is her son William R. “Russ” Greene, co-publisher.
Long before high school she got experience in such jobs as collecting for subscriptions door-to-door, distributing funeral notices to stores and running election results.
After two years at Stephens College in Columbia, Mo., she entered the University of Texas at Austin as a journalism major.
Following graduation she worked for three years as a city staff reporter for The Dallas Morning News, leaving for Fort Worth after her marriage to Ray H. Greene, then a Fort Worth Star-Telegram reporter. In 1953 they accepted an invitation to move to Gilmer and join the family business.
She has twice received the Anson Jones Award of the Texas Medical Association for outstanding reporting of medical news. She received TPA's Golden 50 Award in 1999.
The Gilmer native is the second woman chosen to serve as TPA president.
She was president of North and East Texas Press Association in 1989-90.