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In Memory of Dr. Raymond Lucas

Dr. Raymond Lucas

In Memoriam:
Raymond Lucas, (6/29/33 - 5/6/11) Dr. Lucas was founding chairperson of the Kutztown University Department of Philosophy. His keen academic vision, dedication to philosophy, and steady leadership were formative for both students and colleagues. Ray was remarkably versatile. He was a championship hydroplane racer, opera aficionado, NASCAR and Indy car fan, travelled and studied widely, and enjoyed playing the saxophone. Above all he was devoted to his wife, Iva, and family. Perhaps these words of Hume will resonate most clearly with our memory of Raymond Lucas, and will convey his outlook and his spirit best, "...the genius of philosophy, if carefully cultivated, must gradually diffuse throughout society ... Be a philosopher; but amidst all your philosophy; be still a man."

Dr. James Hall
Emeritus Professor of Philosophy
Obituary: May 7, 2011
LUCAS, Professor Raymond E., Ph.D., 78, of Fleetwood, Pa., passed away Friday, May 6th, at Reading Hospital & Medical Center, West Reading. Raymond was born in Richmond, Va., on June 26, 1932, the son of the late Nannie Irene "Dolly" (Dickerson) and Raymond E. "Dick" Lucas. He earned a B.A. and M.A. in philosophy from the University of Virginia, where he also attended law school. He later earned his Ph.D. in philosophy at Tulane University in New Orleans, La. He served in the U.S. Navy in the Korean War and was associate professor of philosophy at East Tennessee State University. For 23 years he was employed as a professor of philosophy at Kutztown University, Kutztown, Pa., and served many years as chairman of the philosophy department prior to his retirement in 1993. During his tenure at Kutztown University, Raymond taught a summer course in Salzburg, Austria, and another in Pavia, Italy, to American students under a program of the state universities of Pennsylvania. By invitation he presented a paper in the U.S.S.R. and a paper to the Russian Philosophical Association. Raymond loved to travel and particularly enjoyed his trips to Russia and Eastern and Western Europe. He and his family lived in England for six months while he did research for a book on philosophy. Raymond grew up with a love of motor sports introduced to him by his father and friends. He was a fan of NASCAR and IndieCar racing and rode cross-country on a BSA motorcycle in his youth. Throughout his life Raymond enjoyed hydroplane boat racing, and he was the Eastern Division Champion in the C-Hydro class of the American Power Boat Association in 1953. An avid fan of model control line and radio control airplanes, Raymond built and flew airplanes locally as a member of the Flying Dutchmen Aeromodelers Club and the Tri-County WingSnappers Club. Raymond was extremely knowledgeable about opera and took every opportunity to indulge his love of this art form. His favorite spot was his home on the Chesapeake Bay, where he enjoyed fishing and the sunsets over the cove. In addition to his wife, Iva, he is survived by a daughter, Holly Lucas Emerson, of Cornelius, N.C., and by two grandchildren, Kayla Michellie and Ryan Patrick Emerson. A religious service will be held at Feeney Funeral Home, Reading, Pa., at 3 p.m. on Monday, May 9th, with Pastor David Brumbaugh officiating. Friends are invited to call Monday 2 to 3 PM at John P. Feeney Funeral Home, Inc. Flowers are acceptable, or memorial contributions may be made to Flying Dutchmen Aeromodelers Club, 509 Jefferson St., Reading, PA 19605. Interment will be in Riverview Cemetery in Richmond, Va., on Wednesday, May 11th, at 1 p.m. with full military honors. Local arrangements entrusted to the Woody Funeral Home, Inc, 1717 Parham Rd., Richmond Va.