The MCAD Community Bids Farewell To A Great Friend And Colleague - Joe GrecoIt is with extreme and heartfelt sadness that we announce the untimely passing of one of our dearest friends and colleagues, Joe Greco. Joe suffered cardiac arrest on Thursday, December 2, while on vacation in Hawaii with his wife, photographer Heather Kadar, and Heather's parents. Although revived, he never regained consciousness, and passed away on December 7. He was 41 years old.
|Joe and his wife, Heather
Joe was born and raised in New York City. He attended the New York Institute of Technology and graduated with a degree architecture in 1985. His working career began as a CAD end user and CAD manager, and this experience served him well as a future CAD writer and consultant.
Joe came west to Arizona in 1994 where he began a consulting career supplemented by writing product reviews and feature articles for several technical publications. He met Heather Kadar and married her in 1998. From the beginning they had a great relationship that only grew stronger over time. In 2002, they moved to a house in the woods high above the desert in Flagstaff, Arizona. Joe would often tell me about the plans he and Heather had in mind for the house, and it was an ongoing source of projects and pride for them both.
|Joe and I at a Chicago White Sox game, U.S. Cellular Field, June 2004
Joe and I had known each other for several years and were good friends personally and colleagues professionally. We had written a couple of technical review articles together on a collaborative basis, and had had several discussions on how we might work together in the future on any number of different types of projects. His loss creates a huge professional void for me personally on many different levels.
We didn't always agree on everything with regard to the software packages we were reviewing, either separately or collectively, but we both always had the interests of the users at heart, and not necessarily the vendors. He was a great user interface analyst and critic, and made numerous suggestions to several vendors over the years as both an influential product reviewer and consultant.
A scholarship fund is being established in Joe's name at: The CAD Society, 8220 Stone Trail Drive, Bethesda, MD 20817-4556.
The CAD Society is a non-profit industry association that was formed to promote communication among those associated with the CAD industry - both end users and vendors. Annually, the CAD Society honors three outstanding individuals with Leadership, Fostering Community, and Lifetime Achievement awards. The CAD Society's Fostering Community award will be renamed in Joe's memory the next time it is awarded in April 2005.
I'll always remember Joe as kind-hearted, intelligent, and a man who wasn't afraid to "tell it like it was" - a smiling skeptic, if you will. I learned a lot from Joe and always felt comfortable discussing any topic, whether personal or professional.
Although I know it's of little consolation to those he left behind, myself and several of his closest friends and colleagues are comforted knowing that he left this world from a beautiful place surrounded by those who loved him.
Happy trails, Joe. We'll miss you and will never forget you and everything you gave our community.
Joe Greco (1963-2004)
Jeffrey Rowe is the editor and publisher of MCADCafé and MCAD Weekly Review. He can be reached here or 408.850.9230.
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