Born Paraaguan, Venezuela 3/30/43 and passed away 09/28/23 Les Houches, France
Son of Margarita (Margot) Aberg-Forney and Lewis Robert Tucker, Sr. Lew Jr spent his early educational years in Venezuela, Egypt, Austria, New York and New Jersey graduating Chatham High School in 1961. Lew received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Business from Columbia University. He furthered his education at Penn State and ultimately received his PHD from the University of Connecticut. He married Linda Rodgers of Chatham in 1967. After a tour of duty in Vietnam as a Commissioned Officer, he returned to the States to begin a family and take numerous educational assignments as a marketing professor at Clarke University, University of Hartford (Paris Extension), University of Halifax, University of Connecticut, and overseas with marketing professorships at Sultan Qaboos University in Muscat, American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates and ending his teaching career as an on line professor at Capella University. Lew remarried to Rosalind Buckton of England in 2001. They were kindred spirits in that each loved to teach and each loved adventure, thus they traveled throughout the world while teaching and living abroad at the various Universities and having housing investments in faraway countries such as Cypress, Oman, and Chamonix, France.
Lew received the travel and adventure gene from his Mom and Dad. He has hiked great portions of the Appalachian Trail and extensively trekked the “waddies” of the desert on weekend trips with Ros and their camping buddies. He made the National news as a avid biker. He traveled several hundred miles on his “wheels” during an adventure thru Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, Muscat, and Oman deserts visiting and camping with camel herders and probably sharing a water pipe to his and our amazement. He also developed an interest in rock climbing and did so at various locations in France and Oman. It was necessary to be adventurous, as Ros, his wife was attempting to scale the highest peaks in the world.
Known as “Paugie” to his brothers, sisters and friends, he had an infectious laugh. As a younger man he and his High School buddies would spend the weekend at his parents House in the woods referred to as “Newton”, unsupervised of course. They would get their jollies singing endless Clancy Brothers Irish Drinking Ballads into the early morning hours. He was known about town because he was the proud son of a Dad who had a green Willies stick shift Jeep as a family car. Quite Kool! Later, he was constantly seen in his bright suspenders and longer locks in order to be the “with it” professor which of course he was. Loved his Havana Cigars and an occasional single malt with his fiends after an engaging dinner party. He mastered the NYTs Crossword Puzzles at record speed. As a later-in-life feline lover or Ailurophile, there was probably a cat purring or meowing nearby or on his lap. He continued his interest in college sports, UConn Basketball, Nittany Lions football and a love of handball, the kind where your hands are so swollen, they need 24 hour ice packs for recovery. He eventually attained a lower-level ranking for handball competition. He also selected his professorships based on the quality of the school’s handball facilities. Lew just loved life and had friends all around the world. Everyone had a good story with Lew.
Lew leaves Rosalind, his wife of twenty-two years, his brother-in-law Rodney Buckton. He leaves his two loved sons, Maxwell of Northport, Florida and Lucas (Kim) of Nashville, Tennessee. He also leaves behind and will be sorely missed by his sister Rose Marie of Phillipsburg, NJ, sister Margaret Ruth (Kiki and Scott) of Torrington, Connecticut, and brother George (Ish and Linda) of Manchester Center, VT. Also, several nieces and nephews, Michael (Anna), Sean, Deirdre, Tanda, Kori (Matt), and Alex (Lauren).