Obituary: Donald K. “Pete” Luke, 91, formerly of New Canaan

Donald K. “Pete” Luke, age 91, formerly of New Canaan, died on July 6, 2018 at his home in Redding, CT. He was born January 25, 1927, in New York City to Donald K. Luke and Hildegarde M. Luke of Irvington, NY.

Pete spent his early years in Irvington, NY and was educated in Irvington public schools, the Millbrook School, and Princeton University, Class of 1949. He was drafted in 1945 and served in the US Army.

Pete spent most of his business career in the sugar industry, including leadership roles at Suchar Engineering and Sales Company, which provided technical services and proprietary products to the global sugar refining industry. He was president of the company when it was acquired by Bangor Punta Corporation in 1965, where he became President of Bangor Punta Management Services. In 1969 he became Editor of Sugar y Azúcar, a bi-lingual sugar trade journal distributed worldwide.

He was active in a number of professional societies within the industry, including Sugar Industry Technologies (SIT), the International Society of Sugar Cane Technologists, the American Society of Sugar Cane Technologists, and the Society of Sugar Beet Technologists. He was honored by SIT in 1986 for his contributions to the sugar industry.

Pete served as a member of the Board of Trustees at the Millbrook School and was a charter member and officer of the New Canaan Field Club. He was a member of the Country Club of New Canaan, where he was also a member of the Board of Governors.

He and Joy became members of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in 1956, where Pete served on its vestry as well as a number of committees, including By Laws and Rector’s Search Committee.

He was very active in the town of New Canaan, where he lived for 58 years. He was a member of the Elder Care Council, President of the Fund for New Canaan, and board member of the Waveny Community Board and New Canaan Community Foundation. He was also past president of the Senior Men’s Club.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years Joy Hunt Luke, his daughter Judy Luke of Boston, MA and his sons Keith Wilson Luke (Gaynor) of New Canaan, CT and Andrew Hunt Luke (Calle) of Midlothian, VA and formerly Ridgefield, CT, and five grandchildren, Thomas Gaynor Luke (29) of New York City, Mary Catherine Luke (26) of New Canaan, Sarah Wilson Luke (23) of New York City, Kristen Frost Luke (26) of Los Angeles, and Michael Hunt Luke (23) of Midlothian, VA.

A memorial service will be held at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in New Canaan CT at 11:30 am on Saturday, July 14, 2018, with a reception immediately following.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions in Pete’s memory be made to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church or to the Meadow Ridge Scholarship Fund.

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