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December 20, 2004
The MCAD Community Bids Farewell To A Great Friend And Colleague - Joe Greco
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The MCAD Community Bids Farewell To A Great Friend And Colleague - Joe Greco

It 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 Greco and His Wife Heather
Joe and his wife, Heather

Joe was well known and respected throughout the CAD industry as a prolific writer and industry analyst. He was a frequent contributor to CADalyst, Cadence, Computer Graphics World, Design Product News, Desktop Engineering, and Machine Design magazines, as well as MCADCafé Weekly. In addition, he worked with many industry consultants, including myself, in many different capacities over the years. He was also the president of the CAD Society when he died.

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.

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  Joe and I at a Chicago White Sox game, U.S. Cellular Field, June 2004

From an early age, first with the New York Mets, Joe had a lifelong fascination with baseball. He had a love, knowledge, and understanding of the game that had no equal among any of my other friends and acquaintances. He always extended an offer to me to use the Arizona Diamondbacks season tickets that he and Heather shared, but I never did have the opportunity to take him up on it.

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)
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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