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MSU mourns passing of honors program namesake George “Mac” Luckey

George M. LuckeyDr. George “Mac” Luckey Jr., MSU professor emeritus and namesake of the George M. Luckey Academic Honors Program and husband of Dr. Sue Luckey, died Tuesday, Sept. 15. He was 85.  

A native of Paris, Tennessee, Luckey joined Morehead State’s philosophy faculty in 1961. Luckey was active on campus, serving as a faculty advisor to the Open Forum Club, the Blue Key Honors Society and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, a professional music fraternity. He also served on several departmental, college, and university committees.  

In 1990, Luckey was named director of MSU’s Center for Critical Thinking and the Academic Honors Program. He was awarded MSU’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 1991. He retired in 2003 after 42 years at MSU. That same year, he was awarded Professor Emeritus status, and the Honors program was named after him, commemorating his many years of devoted service to the University. In 2008, Mac and his wife were awarded the honorary titles of Doctor of Public Service at Morehead State University. 

Visitation will be Saturday, Sept. 19, from noon to 2 p.m., with funeral services held at 2 p.m. at Northcutt and Son Home for Funerals. Interment will be in the mausoleum at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Morehead. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Luckey Academic Honors Program Fund. Contributions are tax deductible. To make a contribution, visit or mail contributions to the MSU Foundation, George M. Luckey Academic Honors Program Fund, 121 E. Second St., Morehead, KY 40351.  

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