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L. Michael Grieco, 96, Of White Plains, Rocket/Aeronautical Engineer

L. Michael Grieco
L. Michael Grieco Photo Credit: The Daily Voice/Contributed

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - L. (Louis) Michael Grieco, a lifelong native of White Plains, died June 28. He was 96.

Grieco was born March 7, 1917, son of Theresa Mercatante Grieco and George, both originally from Naples, Italy. He was a graduate of White Plains High School in 1936. After 1936 he graduated from Casey Jones Aeronautical Technical School working afterwards for Ford Motor Co. in Ypslanti, Mich., making B24 combat aircraft at the start of WW II. He was transferred to Glen L. Martin Co. in Baltimore Md., while attending the University of Maryland at night.

Grieco was a member of the American Interplanetary Rocket Society. After the war he went to work for Reaction Motors at the Pickatiny Arsenal in Boonton, N.J.; working on rocket components. While there he won a four-year scholarship to Cooper Union in New York obtaining a Masters in Engineering in 1955. Post graduation he worked for Republic Aviation Corp. and in 1958 for Grumman Aircraft Corp. in Bethpage, N.Y. Grumman won the contract from NASA to build the Lunar Module (LEM) for the Apollo program. He was a member of the Sons of Italy Antonio Meucci Lodge #213, the White Plains Historical Society and past member of both the Westchester and White Plains Coin Clubs.

Grieco is survived by two sisters; three brothers; daughters, Michelle Varnit (Joseph) and Charmaine Thomas (John); two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Carmelita Rita Grieco; three sisters; and two brothers.

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