April 19, 1929 – Feb. 17, 2017
Richard Edward Greco Sr., of Clarence, a regulatory executive in the pharmaceutical industry, died Friday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital in Amherst after a short illness. He was 87.
Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Grover Cleveland High School and attended the University of Buffalo.
He served in the Army Dental Corps, was stationed in Germany following World War II and attained the rank of corporal.
Mr. Greco was vice president for regulatory affairs for Life Technologies, a pharmaceutical manufacturing company on Grand Island, retiring in 1992.
He founded the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society and helped found the Regulatory Associates, a consulting firm. He was a founding member of the Association of Diagnostics Manufacturers and the British Institute of Regulatory Affairs.
He was honored with the Commissioner’s Special Citation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
He established the Richard E. Greco Award, which is given annually to an outstanding person in regulatory affairs.
A member of Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church, he was instrumental in returning the traditional Latin Mass.
He enjoyed big band music, classic movies, Yankees baseball and travel.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, the former Maria Theresa Pony; two sons, Pasquale A. II and Richard E. Jr.; two daughters, Elena Theresa Friedrich and Alida Lisa Kusowski; and 10 grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Tuesday at Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church, 4125 Union Road, Cheektowaga.