George 'Duke' Luciano Leaves Valuable Legacy

3/22/02


By Kenneth L. Ender, Ph.D. President

Legacy is something handed down from an ancestor or predecessor, or from the past, as defined by the New College Edition, The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language.

During the past week, I have spent a considerable amount of time thinking about legacies. They are extremely important because legacies help us to define ourselves. Our lives are shaped by the lessons that we learn through legacies.

With the passing of George Duke Luciano Sr., the significance of legacies is vividly illustrated. Duke leaves a legacy of brilliance in business, friendship, helpfulness, kindness and philanthropy.

And Duke asked only for “your friendship” in return for his kind acts. Many, many times he shared with me his philosophy for success: “Work hard, help others, expect only friendship in return.”

Cumberland County College lost a dear friend in Duke Luciano. He was a role model who succeeded in business and made life better in the community. Duke Luciano and the Luciano family name will always be connected to the college. Duke’s legacy will serve as an inspiration for us all. Our Center for Public Service and Leadership will bear the Luciano family name. We will proudly convey opportunities for students through scholarships in the family’s name.

And every time residents attend a performance in the Luciano Theatre or participate in a program in the Luciano Family Center for Public Service and Leadership, we will be reminded: “Work hard, help others, expect only friendship in return.”

This is a simple yet powerful message. Always give more than you get, and prosperity and peace will be with you. It’s a valuable legacy left by an extraordinary man – George Duke Luciano Sr. He will live in our hearts forever.