Donald J. Luke of East Hampton, formerly of New Britain, loving husband of Patricia (Brenn) Luke, died peacefully Saturday at Hartford Hospital. He was born in New Britain on December 13, 1933, the son of Joseph J. Luke and Ann Michaels Luke. A veteran of the US Army, he graduated from Central Connecticut State University in 1955 and went on to his graduate studies at CCSU, the University of Notre Dame
and the University of Virginia. While an undergraduate at CCSU, he was an outstanding member of the track, cross country and football teams. He was the track team's top scorer and established a school record in the mile and also set a school record for points scored in the decathlon. He participated in the 1952 U.S. Olympic Trials in the decathlon. In 1955 he received the Frederick Gladstone Award for outstanding male student-athlete. He was inducted into the Central Connecticut State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1988. An outstanding teacher of Chemistry and Physics, he spent his entire career at Cromwell High School where he also coached track and field.
He leaves to celebrate his life and mourn his passing, his wife Patrica, his daughter, Melanie Luke and her husband Gary Barrett of St. Augustine, FL; his daughter Ivy S. Luke of East Hampton; his son, Richard B. Luke of East Hampton; his granddaughter, Taylor E. Luke of East Hampton; step grandsons; great granddaughters; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.
At Donald's request, there will be no calling hours and a private interment and graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family at Brooklyn CT South Cemetery. The Carlson Funeral Home, New Britain is assisting the family with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor, Brookline, MA 02445-7226 or the CCSU Foundation Inc, 1615 Stanley Street, New Britain, CT 06050-4010 or to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 East Ohio Street, Suite 304, Chicago, IL 60611. Please share a memory or note of sympathy with Donald's family at www.carlsonfuneralhome.com