Rebecca "Becky" (Hansen) Greco (1954 - 2016)

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Mass of Christian Burial for Becky (Hansen) Greco, 61, of Minneapolis, was held on April 1 at the Church of Our Lady of Grace, 5071 Eden Avenue, Edina, Minn. Private Interment was at Lakewood Garden Mausoleum. Becky quietly battled stage IV Colon Cancer with grace, dignity and strength for three years.
Becky was born on Sept. 25, 1954 in Audubon, and passed away at her home, surrounded by family, March 20, 2016. She was a 1972 graduate of Valley High School in West Des Moines and received a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Iowa State University in 1976. At Iowa State University, she was the only woman in her class graduating with a bachelor's degree in architecture. She married fellow architect Ray Greco in 1979 and the two, looking to join a larger architectural community, moved to Minneapolis in 1980. After five years at Miller, Hanson, Westerbeck & Bell Architects, she joined Hammel, Green and Abrahamson Architects in 1985.
Becky had a 31 year career with Hammel, Green and Abrahamson Architects; during that time she was a principal and vice president, led the Corporate and Government Practice Group, was a member of HGA's Board of Directors and served on its Strategic Planning Committee.
Greco directed HGA's design teams for some of the firm's most prominent corporate and institutional clients. Becky's corporate headquarters experience includes projects for Cargill Research, ConAgra Foods, Nestlé, Wilson Learning, Medtronic, McWhorter Technologies, Data Recognition, Ecolab and a number of confidential Fortune 100 Corporate Clients. She led design teams for numerous state and federal projects including restoration of the Minnesota State Capital, Minnesota Department of Revenue, Orville Freeman Building and Laboratory for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and Department of Health, Leonard A. Ford Hall at Minnesota State University-Mankato, U of M Science Teaching and Student Services - Bruininks Building, and six Regional FBI Headquarter buildings nationwide.
Becky was recognized as one of 15 Women Changing the World of Architecture by Design Intelligence magazine, a 2007 recipient of the Women in Business Industry Leader Award from the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal, 2002 recipient of the distinguished alumni Design Achievement Award and the 2012 Christian Petersen Design Award from Iowa State University College of Design.
Outside of work, Becky focused her personal time on family. She was a loving and devoted wife and mother who enjoyed summer trips to the family cabin in northern Minnesota and winter vacations skiing in Vail, Colo.
Becky was preceded in death by her parents, Judith Ann (Rasmussen) Meehan and William Meehan, Leon Knud Hansen; and step-brother, Peter Meehan.
Becky is loved and dearly missed by her husband of 36 years, Ray Greco, an architect in Minneapolis; daughter, Ann, a chemical engineering graduate living in Superior, Colo.; son, David, an architecture graduate living in Minneapolis; brother and sister-in-law, Kirk and Julie Hansen of Denver; sister, Jane David-Foley of Des Moines; step-sister and brother-in-law, Meridith and Lee Nelson of Des Moines; the entire Greco family and many other loving relatives, friends and her HGA colleagues and clients.
Memorials may be given to the Rebecca J. Greco Mayo Clinic Memorial Fund.
Gearty-Delmore Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL on Apr. 15, 2016