Martin W. Grieco, 99, of State College, was an accomplished architect, devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He passed away at home on Jan. 11, 2021.
Mr. Grieco was born in Lock Haven, the youngest of seven children, to Vito Anthony and Catherine Byrne Grieco.
He graduated in 1939 from Lock Haven High School and immediately joined the U.S. Army. After training at Camp Shelby, Miss. and Camp Sutton, N.C., Martin and other troops sailed on the Queen Elizabeth ship to Scotland. He served as a corporal in the First Battalion, 190th Field Artillery. His tour of duty spanned England, France, Germany, and Central Europe. Campaigns included D-Day invasion of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge. He completed his military service in 1945.
Under the G.I. Bill, Martin earned a degree in drafting from the Williamsport Technical Institute.
During the next decade, he worked with several State College area architects. He was a partner with Kennedy-Basom-Grieco Associates, which later became Architects and Engineers.
In 1963, Martin earned his professional architectural license after successfully completing a multi-day exam administered by the State Architects Licensure Board.
Martin was a longtime member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). An advocate of Mid-Century Modern architecture, he designed several buildings in State College during the 1960s and 1970s, including Centre Daily Times, Dale Summit; the original Houserville Elementary School; Centre Film Lab (now BioLife