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George Wayne Lucier
June 23, 1943 ~ February 8, 2024 (age 80) 80 Years Old
George Wayne Lucier of Pittsboro NC, passed away from pancreatic cancer on February 8, 2024, in his beloved home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on June 23, 1943 to Yvonne Racicot and Richard Lucier of Brimfield, MA. George leaves behind his wife of 35-years, Jane Gallagher, son; Sam Lucier (Lindsay) of Pittsboro, NC; daughter; Liana Lucier of Durham, NC; brothers; Russell Lucier (Lea) of Summerfield, FL Kenneth Lucier (Lois) of Moorehead, ND, sister; Janet Gralley (Craig) of Brevard, NC and many close relatives, friends and colleagues.
George received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Clark University in Worcester, MA and a PhD in insecticide toxicology from the University of Maryland, School of Agriculture. George retired, after 30 years, from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in Research Triangle Park, NC. He authored over 250 scientific journal articles and was a founding editor of the international journal Environmental Health Perspectives, where he served as editor for 28 years. He also served as the Chair of the NC Scientific Advisory Board with the Dept. of Environmental Resources for 15 years, overseeing risk assessments for air pollutants in NC Carolina.
George was appointed to the Chatham County Planning Board from 2001 to 2006 and again from 2012 to 2023 where he served as both Chair and Vice Chair. George was elected in 2006 to serve a four-year term as Chatham County Commissioner for two years as Chair and two years as Vice Chair.
Since 2001, he has served on the Central Carolina Community College Foundation and Board of Trustees serving Lee, Harnett and Chatham Counties.
In 2023 George received several accolades for his service to NC and his local community. The Chatham County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution to acknowledge his long-term service. The Governor granted him the Order of the Long Leaf Pine award, recognizing his many years of exemplary service to North Carolina and exceptional accomplishments. Leaders of Central Carolina Community College named the sustainability building at the Pittsboro Community campus in his honor. He shares credit for these accomplishments with the many people he served with and those he worked tirelessly with to protect Chatham County’s natural resources and to make the county a better place to live.
In measure equal to his public service, George was a selfless, caring, supportive and loving son, brother, husband and father. He was a finisher, a hard worker who made time for others to help them reach their goals and enjoyed the simple pleasures of life: hitting, catching, chasing or throwing balls, coaching his children’s sports teams, dawns, sunsets, sunny and rainy days alike. He enjoyed mowing the yard, splitting wood and planting flower and vegetable gardens; always sharing seedlings and the bounty with others.
George grew up on a river and chose to live near or on rivers his entire life; canoeing the Haw as well as lakes and rivers in the Adirondacks.
George commented that if anyone wanted to pay him a visit, he would be with them “along the river banks, the wild woods and meadows or across the river where the sun rises up behind the hills and the gentle breezes blow,” a line he loved from one of his dad’s, Richard R. Lucier, poems.
George and his family would like to express their deep appreciation and gratitude for the many kindnesses and support extended to them over the last six months.
Donations in George’s name can be made to these local organizations: