In Memoriam: PVFF Member Bill Lukens

By Don Fine
William Howard “Bill” Lukens

Long time PVFF member William Howard “Bill” Lukens, 82, passed away on August 18. Bill was a U.S. Air Force veteran who subsequently completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland and his Juris Doctor of Law degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Bill practiced law for 37 years in Maryland.

After retirement from his law practice, Bill continued to serve the community as a member of the Frederick County Parks and Recreation Commission, where he was instrumental in helping establish several county recreational parks, including Fountain Rock Park and Nature Center and the Catoctin Creek Nature Center (which is located on the hill above Catoctin Creek, PVFF’s home waters). Bill loved fishing and shared his love for our sport through several Kiwanis fishing clinics for youth. Bill also served for a number of years as PVFF’s ‘pro bono’ attorney where he reviewed legal documents pertaining to our club’s bi-laws, and our association with the Federation of Fly Fishers (the predecessor organization to Fly Fishers International). Several years ago Bill also donated his fishing equipment to PVFF, in support of our annual club banquet.