May His Spirit Live On


John R. Lucas, February 5, 1937 – February 22, 2010

Born in Visalia, California, John went on to graduate from Rutgers University School of Journalism in 1959. After graduation, he joined the Navy, went to Officers Candidate
School and received his commission in 1960. He then served as an Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer on two cruises in the western Pacific until his retirement from the Navy in 1963.

In civilian life, John first worked for Johnson & Johnson as an Assistant Editor. Next he worked for Union Carbide’s marketing department in charge of new product development. He then joined the Charles Beseler Company as Vice President of audiovisual products in 1976. Finally in 1980 he started his own production company, Interactive Learning Systems. His clients included such heavies as UPS, Metropolitan Life Insurance, and GE Financial Services. With this experience he became an early adopter and advocate of computer-based learning.

In 1999, John retired from the business world to start one of the very first woodworking websites. WoodShop Demos was his retirement project and he used his professional background to make the website the best it could be. It’s no secret that John was a “people person.” He loved woodworking and teaching others so it was the perfect combination for him. Although he passed away at the young age of 73, he touched countless people’s lives and will always be remembered as a gentleman and mentor to his family and those that knew him.

You can visit John’s original site here.

5 thoughts on “May His Spirit Live On

  1. John,

    You were an inspiration and resource to solve many problems I had. I surely miss you.

    Thank you for all your help!

  2. What a wonderful way to keep John’s spirit alive and kicking, perpetuating Woodshop Demos. Great work guys, and John Lucas has been missed in our art, and craft.
    Sorry we are late to the show in recognizing such a great man, and this great site.

  3. Had the pleasure of visiting John at his workshop back in 09′ where he gave me some insight into dovetailing. When I think about woodworking, a few friends and mentors come to mind, he is one of them.

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