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Tree planted to honor the memory of Dr. George M. "Mac" Luckey Jr.

A tree-planting ceremony was held Monday afternoon, April 5, to honor the memory and legacy of Dr. George M. "Mac" Luckey Jr., MSU professor emeritus and former director and namesake of the academic honors program.   

The blue spruce tree was planted in front of Fields Hall, MSU’s residence hall for honor students. The tree was chosen by Luckey's widow, Dr. Sue Luckey. Speakers at the event included Dr. Philip Krummrich, director of the honors program, and Luckey's friends and colleagues. MSU Facilities Management assisted with planting the tree and installing a commemorative plaque at the site.   

"The Honors Program as it exists today would not have been possible without Dr. Luckey's many years of dedication and leadership," Krummrich said. "The required coursework for the program closely resembles the sequence of classes that was in place when Dr. Luckey was directing the program."  

Skyler Cantrell, the honors program specialist, said Luckey's commitment to students is still present in the current program.  

"I think his work still resonates in the program today in that we are always working to ensure that the students have the opportunity to grow and to broaden their horizons, which I think is in line with what he envisioned for it," Cantrell said.   

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, Luckey and his wife were awarded the honorary titles of Doctor of Public Service at Morehead State University.  

Luckey passed away Tuesday, September 15, 2020, at the age of 85.   

To learn more about the George M. Luckey Jr. Academic Honors Program, visit, email or call 606-783-2205. 
Photo Caption:  In the foreground, left to right: Drs. Kay and Kent Freeland, long-time friends of the Luckeys; Dr. Sue Luckey; Dr. Phil Krummrich, director of the honors program; MSU President Dr. Jay Morgan, and Dr. Tim Simpson, chair of Foundational and Graduate Studies in Education and faculty in the honors program. In the background are honors program students and guests.