Tuesday, August 14, 2007
DAN LUECKE - NDHS CLASS OF 1957 - A BIOGRAPHY
Notre Dame High School
Class of 1957
After Dan Luecke graduated from Notre Dame High School, he enrolled in Notre Dame University where he majored in Engineering. While at Notre Dame, Dan was on a football scholarship for four years. After his college graduation, he became a lieutenant and later a captain in the United
States Marine Corps with the 1st Marine Division and part of the amphibious assault force organized during the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962.
Dan's unit "sailed off the coast of Cuba, as all sides working on coming to their senses."
When his service was completed Dan returned to Notre Dame University
where he earned a Master of Science in Hydraulics and Hydrology. He taught at Notre Dame for a semester, and then entered the Ph. D. program in Water Resources and Environmental Sciences in the Division of Engineering and Applied Physics at Harvard University.
Dan taught at Harvard for four years before becoming part of an environmental consulting firm in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Dan Luecke married Rosemary Wrzos in Cambridge in the 1977. In 1980 Dan, Rosemary and their son Andrew moved to Boulder, Colorado where he became the Rocky Mountain Director for an environmental organization. Since 2002, Luecke has been an independent environmental scientist and hydrologist, and according to Dan, "For the last several years I've been a consultant to a number of environmental organizations, a group of state and federal judges who deal with western water issues, and the U.S. Department of Justice."
Rosemary is a psychotherapist with a private practice in Boulder, and Andrew, their son (a graduate of Kenyon College) lives in New York City and is the administrative and research assistant to the director of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College (one of the colleges within the City University of New York).
Most of Dan's work since coming to Colorado has been associated with protection of rivers like the Colorado, Platte, Missouri, Rio Grande, and Truckee. In recent years, he has also had a chance to travel to Cuba and China as part of groups discussing water resources, river protection, and hydropower.
Dan and Rosemary like to sail and hike and vacation on the Maine coastwhen they get a chance. They also like to visit their son in New York Cityand enjoy its restaurants, museums, the opera, and other New York kinds of things. The Lueckes live in Boulder, Colorado.