Senior Vice President Frank Greco was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Rutgers Folk Festival Committee. The Award was given by Folk Festival Director Dr. Angus Gillespie and was one of the highlights of his tenure as Director.
Frank Greco was born 1926 in Pleasant Plains, Staten Island, NY where he grew up and attended Tottenville High School. Afterwards, he took up an apprenticeship in a machine shop making airplane parts and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1944 where he was sent to boot camp at Sampson, NY, near Lake Geneva. Greco volunteered for the U.S. Navy Armed Guard, a service branch of the United States Navy that was responsible for defending U.S. and Allied merchant ships from attack by enemy aircraft, submarines, and surface ships during World War II.
After the war, he tried his hand at a number of trades including television engineering, iron working, and marine carpentry; he finally settled on long-haul trucking, working for many years with Consolidated Freightways.
During the 1960s, he was active in the reform movement of the teamsters. He retired to Edison, NJ, where he has been active in civic affairs including the open space committee. His efforts on the committee led to the Oakwoods Mill Pond being named to the National Historic Register.
He has served as a member of the Central Jersey Council-Navy League of the US for almost 20 years serving in many different capacities. For the last 10 years, Greco has been the most loyal and enthusiastic volunteer at the New Jersey Folk Festival, where he has worked tirelessly for long hours in festival set-up. His assistance is both valued and unequaled over the last decade and he serves as an inspiration to his younger collegiate counterparts.