Harold C. Lucas
A 1929 civil engineering graduate, Harold C. Lucas enjoyed a long successful career in the wood preservation industry. He retired in 1966 as executive vice president and chief executive officer of American Creosote Corporation in Louisville, Ky. An avid conservationist, Lucas owned forest land and was named tree farmer of the year in Florida in 1982.

Lucas donated property and bay front lots located on Choctawhatchie Bay in Walton Co, Santa Rosa Beach, Fla. to the university in memory of his late wife, Claire, who died in 1993. Lucas died in 1996 and the house and property were sold to establish the Lucas Laboratory for advanced biodeterioration research at Mississippi State University. The laboratory was established to conduct fundamental and applied research including evaluation of treated wood, development of new wood preservatives and improved test methodologies.