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Giving back has always been important to Rick Lucas, Class of 1969

A lesson in giving, memory and family. Rick Lucas, Class of 1969, explains why he chose to fund the transformation of the former Benson House into the Lucas Alumni House.

Giving back has always been important to Rick Lucas, Class of 1969. Rick was taught by his father, Gordon, that it’s important to support the things close to your heart. For Rick, that has always been Huron.  “We had such a terrific time at Huron and we really appreciate it,” he says of himself and his fellow classmates. Noting his marks weren’t the greatest upon entrance to Huron, he is forever grateful that Huron gave him a “second chance.”

“Huron is one of the last few opportunities to study and experience a small Liberal Arts college in Ontario,” he says.

Inspired by Principal Barry Craig’s decision to generously contribute a significant sum of his own money to Huron projects, Rick began to think of what he could do to further support Huron’s future. Recalling that his late father established an award at Hillfield Strathallan and bursaries at Trinity College University of Toronto and also at Huron, Rick began to think of ways he could do something similar except with bricks and mortar.

When Rick learned of the naming opportunity with the newly renovated Benson House, he knew he had found what he had been looking for.

The Lucas Alumni House is in honour of Rick and his family. Rick’s two children are also Huron grads: Deborah, Class of 2003 and Jonathan, Class of 2007.  “When I was mulling it over I contacted them and asked, ‘hey, what do you think?’”, Rick says of his conversation with his children regarding whether he should financially support the project. “They were quite excited!”, he says.

Lucas Alumni House has been completely transformed

It’s now the new home of the Huron Alumni Association. The former residence had lost its lustre and over the course of the summer months last year, was renovated and is hardly, from the inside, recognizable. The hard wood floors gleam, bedrooms have been converted to office spaces, there is a brand new boardroom area which plays hosts to various meetings throughout the year, and the house was even involved with last year’s Homecoming activities. Students, faculty and staff are excited that this new space is at their disposal and are putting it to good use. It’s a popular spot for small community events, meetings and study groups.

Supporting Huron is just something Rick feels he should do to give back as a Huron-educated leader with heart. “I’ve had a long association with the College,” says the President Emeritus of the Huron University College Foundation. “It’s a place worth supporting. A lot of people don’t understand and support the Liberal Arts and they should. It’s nice to support an institution where the Liberal Arts are treasured.”

And the fact the Lucas family name will live on in perpetuity? “It’s a great name to support!”

The Lucas Alumni House is situated immediately north of Huron and faces Western Road; it has a long Huron history.

1

1958:

The house is purchased as a residence for 13 women and one sub-warden and named after the Benson family.

2

1965

The house becomes a residence for Theology students and is renamed Seager Hall.

3

1985

The house is converted back into a women’s residence and retains its former name of Benson House

4

2017

The house is completely renovated and becomes The Lucas Alumni House.

5

Interested in our Huron Alumni Association?

Come by Lucas Alumni House and meet our team.

The Lucas Alumni House is situated immediately north of Huron and faces Western Road; it has a long Huron history.

1

1958:

The house is purchased as a residence for 13 women and one sub-warden and named after the Benson family.

2

1965

The house becomes a residence for Theology students and is renamed Seager Hall.

3

1985

The house is converted back into a women’s residence and retains its former name of Benson House

4

2017

The house is completely renovated and becomes The Lucas Alumni House.

5

Interested in our Huron Alumni Association?

Come by Lucas Alumni House and meet our team.

Key Contacts

Karen Otto

Development Assistant, University Advancement
519.438.7224 ext. 368
kotto2huron.uwo.ca
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Katelyn Macdonald

Coordinator, Alumni Relations & Institutional Events
519.438.7224 ext. 296
kmacd72huron.uwo.ca
Lucas Alumni House, 1st Floor

8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.                  Monday - Friday

Kristina Stankevich

Director, Development
519.438.7224 ext. 214
kstankevhuron.uwo.ca
Lucas Alumni House, 2nd Floor

8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.                  Monday - Friday

Lisa Kamenar

Senior Development Officer, Annual Giving
519.438.7224 ext. 310
lisa.kamenarhuron.uwo.ca
Lucas Alumni House

8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.                  Monday - Friday
 

Meaghan Blight

VP, University Growth
519.438.7224 ext. 271
mblight4huron.uwo.ca
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Tara Downey

AVP, Advancement
519.438.7224 ext. 886
tara.downeyhuron.uwo.ca
Lucas Alumni House, 2nd Floor