Darlene Criss (of Wichita, Kansas) was a prominent American Mensan best known for editing Isolated M (affectionately known as the "Little Green Rag"), a publication founded by Harper Fowley. For a period of a few minutes, Criss was chairman of American Mensa due to the resignation of Dick Amyx during the Annual Business Meeting of American Mensa at the 1995 AG; however, because she had already left to catch a flight, she was unaware of her chairmanship at the time. She subsequently served on the American Mensa Committee as Past Chairman, and on the Hearings Committee of American Mensa, due to her previous status (however brief) as Chairman.
In August, 2001 she was honored with the American Mensa Margot Award. She was only the tenth recipient in the 21-year history of the award. The Margot Award is the most prestigious award given to members of the high IQ society. Established in 1980, the honor is given periodically in recognition of outstanding service to Mensa.
Criss has been a member of Mensa since 1974. Her service to the society has included work on the local, regional, national, and international levels. She served as a regional vice chairman for American Mensa for three years and has held the office of chairman, past chairman, first vice chairman, and secretary of the American Mensa Committee. She has also served on the international board of directors.
In local groups, Criss was the editor of Sunflower Seeds, the newsletter of Sunflower Mensa (Wichita, KS), for eight years, the Isolated M newsletter for 12 years, and the Mensa Bulletin for two years.
Criss graduated from Wichita State University with a B.A. in English in 1976 and a master's degree in education in 1979. She was a teacher at Goddard High School for 21 years and was the house mom of Delta Delta Delta sorority at Wichita State University in 2001.
Criss was one of the formal complainants in the controversial Judy Dosse hearing.
Darlene Criss passed away on the morning of April 23, 2008. She will be terribly missed by all who knew her.
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