Dr. Edgar Arthur Lucas, 88, of Brenham, Texas, passed away on August 31, 2022. He was born in Franklin Township, Johnson County, Indiana, on October 28, 1933, to Isaac Sampson Lucas and Catherine Geneva (Helms) Lucas. He is survived by his second wife, Katalin Hildegard (Walter) Lucas, two daughters Dr. Barbara C. Lucas (Kendricks A. Behring II), and Marilyn D. Lucas (Kurt S. Osuch), one grandchild, Willow S. Behring, and one brother, James D. Lucas. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Margaret Barbara (Culkosky) Lucas, his parents, and siblings, Lenora M. (Lucas) Tuley, Clara Veronica F. Lucas, Rondal H. Lucas, Kenneth H. Lucas, Perry G. Lucas and Jackie F. Lucas.
Dr. Lucas grew up on a farm in Indiana and won numerous 4-H awards for his impressive red poll cattle. He served in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957, was assigned to the film production unit in Honolulu, Hawaii, and received a medal for good conduct prior to his honorable discharge. He received a BA in History and a MS in Biology from Ball State University, and a PhD in Anatomy from UCLA.
Dr. Lucas taught Gross Anatomy at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Campus (1971–1984). After completing a sleep medicine sabbatical at Stanford University from 1977-78, he established the first sleep disorders clinic in the southern United States in Little Rock, AR. He was Director of the Sleep Disorders Center at All Saints Episcopal Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas (1984-1996) and subsequently the Director of Sleep Consultants, Inc. in Fort Worth before retiring in 2005. Dr. Lucas authored and co-authored numerous scientific publications, and co-patented with colleagues the first automated continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine for patients with obstructive sleep apnea. Dr. Lucas was a founding member and the first elected President of the Southern Sleep Society, and a member of other scientific and honorary societies including the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Sleep Research Society, American Sleep Disorders Association and National Sleep Foundation.
Dr. Lucas served as mayor of Edgecliff Village from 1999-2005. In honor of his contributions, Lucas Lane was created in the Village. He additionally served as a Village Alderman from 2009-2011.
In retirement, Dr. Lucas served two full time missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day-Saints, including indexing thousands of international cemetery records into an online searchable database.
Dr. Lucas spent nearly every moment of his spare time doing genealogy, working in his garden, studying the scriptures, keeping in touch with family and friends, generously helping others and indulging in dessert.
Funeral services will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day-Saints at 5001 Alta Mesa Boulevard, Fort Worth, Texas 76133 at 11:00 AM on Saturday, September 10, 2022, with a viewing at 10:00 AM. Arrangements are by Memorial Oaks Chapel in Brenham, Texas. Burial with military honors will follow a graveside service at Oakwood Memorial Park & Cemetery at 22601 Lassen Street, Chatsworth, CA 91311.