Dr. Lukenda, a 1948 alumnus of Lake Superior State University, retired from his dental practice in 1990 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and then became President/CEO of Tendercare. An Honorary Doctorate recipient from Lake State and the campus Alumni House is named in honor of Dr. Lukenda and his wife Mae. Lou earned LSSU’s Outstanding Alumnus Award in 1983 and was on the LSSU Foundation’s board of directors from 1987 to 2005. Most recently, Dr. Lukenda and his family recognized the importance of the South Hall Renovation Project to the campus and provided leadership support. The Lukenda School of Business is a tribute to a business icon, philanthropist and his family.
Lou’s passion for education was lifelong, and he strongly supported others in their educational pursuits through bursaries and scholarships. Lou’s interest in athletics also continued. He loved to watch sports, especially the Detroit Tigers and Notre Dame football. Eventually, he became an owner of the Soo Greyhounds. “Lanky Lou from the Soo” was exceptionally proud of his hometown of Sault Ste. Marie and his involvement and generosity to our city is legendary.
Lou has been a benefactor for Algoma University, Sault College, St. Mary’s College, and LSSU; Sault Area Hospital; the Knights of Columbus; Our Lady of the Highways Croatian Church as well as of Mount St. Joseph. Lou was also actively involved in the healthcare field, opening the first nursing home in the Sault, Tendercare, in 1970.