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David Randall Luce

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Luce, David Randall Born to Eternal Life July 8, 2014 at the age of 87 years. David was a lifelong student, teacher, father, and defender of liberty. Beloved husband of Maria (nee Hebenstreit), father of Alexander and Randall (Mary), friend and advisor to many. David worked as a professor of philosophy at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee for many years, but he was not solely an academic. His first occupation was as a sailor in the U S Navy during World War II. Upon leaving the Navy, he attended Dartmouth University on the GI Bill, graduating with a Bachelor's degree in philosophy. He then worked his way thru graduate school at the University of Michigan in a series of non-academic jobs. These jobs included working as a gold miner in Alaska, as a steelworker in Gary, Indiana, and as an aide at a Michigan state mental health facility. With a PhD from Michigan, he held teaching positions at the University of Arkansas and the University of Minnesota, before accepting a position at the then relatively new University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee in 1960. He served as an Associate Professor of Philosophy there until retiring in 1997, although he continued to teach part time as a Professor Emeritus for several years after retiring. David served the university as both an instructor, and as a faculty representative on various university committee's. As a representative, he helped ensure due process in academic disciplinary proceedings, which was part and parcel of his great love for American liberty. David was a long time active member of the American Civil Liberties Union, and a champion of privacy. He was a plaintiff in a successful lawsuit in the late 1970's that led to reforms in the Milwaukee Police Department's "Red Squad". While he may not have agreed with one's opinion, he would be the first to defend one's right to express that opinion, and a lot of people on both the left and the right have people like David to thank for being able to say what they like. After a full active life of work, both paid and volunteer, and many travels in the U S and abroad, David and his wife Maria retired to the Milwaukee Catholic Home in 2011. At the home, David and Maria enjoyed each other's company, and many cultural events. Unfortunately, in the summer of 2014 he fell ill. With his family at his side, and the kind assistance of both Catholic Home and Vitas Hospice Staff he passed peacefully away. His family hopes that all those who knew David in one or more of his many roles can celebrate his memory, if they are able to, by taking part in his memorial service. The family will receive relatives and friends for a Memorial Visitation Saturday, July 12 at Milwaukee Catholic Home, 2462 N. Prospect Avenue, from 9:30-10:30 AM followed by a Memorial Service at 10:30 AM. Private inurnment Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Union Grove.

Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel from July 10 to July 12, 2014
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