Everett Donald Greinke, a long-time resident of Annandale, Virginia, departed this life at the age of 83 on November 15, 2012, after suffering a series of strokes.
Mr. Greinke was born in Elmhurst, Illinois, on October 31, 1929, to Herman and Marie Klein Greinke. He graduated from Northern Illinois University in 1951 with a Bachelor of Science degree and in 1956 with a Master of Science degree in chemistry.
He served in the U.S. Department of Defense from 1956 to 1988, retiring from the Senior Executive Service as Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for International Programs and Technology. He also served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and retired from the Naval Reserve in 1974 with the rank of Commander.
Mr. Greinke held many other DoD offices, including that of Assistant Director and then Director of Combat Support in the Office of the Under Secretary for Defense, Research and Engineering; Director of NATO/European Affairs; and Scientific Advisor to the Supreme Commander, Allied Forces Europe.
From 1956 to 1967, Mr. Greinke worked for the Department of the Navy. In 1956 he served as Project Officer and Assistant Branch Head of the Photographic Division, specializing in reconnaissance and intelligence data processing; from 1961 to 1965 as Technical Advisor for data processing; and from 1965 to 1967 as Assistant Director of Command and Control Systems Development within the Office of Deputy Chief of Naval Operation and Development.
In 1967, Mr. Greinke took his technical reconnaissance expertise to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, where he served as Senior Staff Specialist for Reconnaissance for the Director of Electronic Warfare and Reconnaissance.
In 1973, still in OSD, he became a Senior Staff Specialist for Reconnaissance for the Director of Combat Support. In 1976 Mr. Greinke was promoted to Assistant Director of Combat Support and then rose to Director of that office.
In 1980 Mr. Greinke's career moved into international programs when he was made Director of NATO/European Affairs within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering. In 1982 he was made the Acting Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for International Programs and Technology.
In 1982 Mr. Greinke was nominated for and accepted the position of Scientific Advisor to the Supreme Commander, Allied Forces Europe, at NATO Headquarters in Mons, Belgium, where he served until 1986.
In 1986 Mr. Greinke was appointed Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for International Programs and Technology, where he was responsible for all international activities in the Department of Defense for research, development, and acquisition, serving as the focal point for international cooperative research and development, and procurement programs. Mr. Greinke retired from government service in 1988.
From 1988 to 2009, he consulted on many significant Department of Defense, NATO, and international defense issues in the areas of policy, reconnaissance, aerospace, emerging technologies, and future defense planning. He retired as vice president of GMD Solutions in 2009.
Mr. Greinke received numerous awards for his government, international, and public service, including two Defense Distinguished Service medals and the Defense Meritorious Service medal, and 11 outstanding performance awards from the Department of Defense. From the Republic of Austria he received the Commanders Cross First Class. He was a charter member of the Senior Executive Service of the U.S. Government, and served on both the Defense Science Board and Army Science Board.
He is listed in Who's Who in America and American Men of Science. In 1987 he was named Distinguished Alumnus of Northern Illinois University.
Mr. Greinke was also extremely active in the local community. He was trustee of Hope Lutheran Church and served as Church Council President, church Elder, Sunday school superintendent, and many other positions. He was president of the Chapel Square Elementary and Woodson High School PTAs. He organized Boy Scout Troop 1142 and served as the Scoutmaster for 10 years, and also established a Scout Explorer post. He coached, managed, and organized little league baseball.
He loved to travel the world with his wife Clara, and he was a gardener and an avid fisherman, enjoying both surf and deep-sea fishing in the Outer Banks.
One of his favorite roles was that of Santa Claus in Annandale's Chapel Square community. Every Christmas Eve, for 35 years, he dressed up in a Santa suit made by his wife and paid surprise visits to the neighborhood's children.
He is survived by Clara, his wife of 61 years; sons Donald (Cynthia), David (Debra), and Mark (Lauren) Greinke; grandchildren, Michael, Jennifer, Emily, and Katherine Greinke; and great-grandchildren Sienna and Solomon Patterson. The family will receive friends a the Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home, 9902 Braddock Road, Fairfax, VA 22032 on Sunday, February 24, 2013 from 2-4 & 6-8PM A funeral service will be held at the Memorial Chapel at Ft. Myer on Monday, February 25, 2013 at 1:00PM Burial will follow at Arlington National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in honor of Everett Greinke to:
Hope Lutheran Church
4604 Ravensworth Road, Annandale, VA 22003
United States Navy Memorial
701 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20004
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