Ellen Marker Greiner
Class of 1959
It is with deep sadness that I inform you of the death on October 1, 2013, of Ellen Marker Greiner, former alumni relations director of Seton Hill. She will be dearly missed by her colleagues and generations of alumni. Ellen viewed her role as alumni director as “an honor, privilege, and great joy.”
Ellen Greiner graduated from Seton Hill in 1959 with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. She married Jack Greiner a week after graduation and that fall began her career with Seton Hill as a biology laboratory instructor. After taking some time away from her career to bring up her three children, John, Ellie, and Lisa, Ellen returned to Seton Hill in 1976 and became a physiology lab instructor. While Ellen enjoyed teaching, she decided to take advantage of a special opportunity to serve as director of alumnae affairs alongside her mentor and dear friend, Sister Mary Schmidt, S.C. Ellen later became director of alumnae relations and the Annual Fund and ultimately director of alumni relations, a position she held until her retirement in 2009.
For more than 30 years, Ellen devoted her time to providing alumni with opportunities to stay engaged with the Hill. She built wonderful relationships with countless alumni throughout the world. Her role as liaison to the Alumni Corporation Board was significant. Ellen worked with the Board on special programs and fund-raising initiatives, including the presentation of the Elizabeth Ann Seton Medal and the coordination of Alumni Weekend.
When alumni reminisce about their time at Seton Hill, they often recall Ellen’s kindness and her devotion to the University. Ellen received the award for Distinguished Service to Alumni and Seton Hill at a special ceremony during Alumni Weekend in 2009. During the presentation, President Emerita JoAnne Boyle said, “I join my colleagues from the Seton Hill community in expressing sincere gratitude for the many years of very caring and thoughtful attention Ellen has given to Seton Hill, our alumni and the mission of this University.”
Condolences may be sent to Ellen’s husband, Jack, and her children at 3013 Ben Venue Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601.
Mary Ross Cox
Director of Alumni Relations