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Joe Greco will be Missed

December 14, 2004

Filed under: life — Terry Wohlers @ 13:52

I was stunned by yesterday’s news. Joe Greco had died. Words can’t describe how sad I am for Joe’s family and friends, as well as for the entire CAD industry.

If you’ve read magazine articles on CAD in recent years, you know the name. Joe had published hundreds of articles on the subject, including many challenging and in-depth articles that most people would not touch. Month after month, he would tackle some of the most difficult software product reviews. I was always amazed at the number of articles he would deliver, while maintaining a high level of standard. For the past four years, Joe worked closely with me to determine CAD solid modeling growth trends for publication in our annual study, the Wohlers Report.

Joe and I go back a long way. If my memory serves me correctly, we first met at an NCGA (National Computer Graphics Association) event 18 years ago. About a year or so later, Joe co-founded the CAD/CAM Journal, a magazine dedicated to CAD on the Macintosh. Over the years, Joe became very active in CAD industry organizations and events, and served as a respected independent consultant.

Joe visited Fort Collins as recently as November 6. As usual, Joe and I shared many thoughts and ideas with one another and reminisced about the past and looked into the future. Joe was someone who I could trust; he had my respect. Most recently, Joe had a passion for promoting The CAD Society, a member organization that was founded in 1987 as a part of NCGA. When Joe passed away, he was the current president of the society and was rolling out exciting new plans for expanding membership and programs. I hope that others will share his passion and vision for the society and carry it into the future. 

Joe suffered cardiac arrest on December 2 while on vacation in Hawaii with his wife, Heather, and Heather’s parents. He died on December 7 at the age of 41. A scholarship fund is being established in Joe’s name at: The CAD Society, 8220 Stone Trail Drive, Bethesda, MD 20817-4556. Joe will be missed by many.