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Former Shippensburg University professor Rupert Charles Loucks passes away at 87

By: Adam Beam 1/8/2024

Rupert Charles Loucks, 87, was an integral part of preserving the historical buildings of Shippensburg University. (Photo courtesy of Franklin County Free Press)

Rupert Charles Loucks, a former professor and integral member of the Shippensburg University History and Philosophy Department, has passed away at the age of 87. Loucks worked at Shippensburg University from 1969 until he retired in 1997.


Born on January 25, 1936, Loucks pursued a degree in history at Jamestown Community College and Binghamton University’s Harpur College. He would go on to receive his Master's and Doctoral degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, specializing in the Colonial and Revolutionary eras of American history.


Loucks's work in preserving history went beyond the classroom, as he served as the leading force behind the historical preservation of multiple on and off-campus buildings. One of Loucks's biggest projects was the restoration of the Old Main building, as well as securing its National Register of Historic Places designation.


Loucks also assisted in the planning of the Martin House's 75th-anniversary celebration. He also secured its designation with the National Register of Historic Places.


Since his retirement from Shippensburg University, Loucks continued to pursue a passion for history, as well as gardening and travel. Loucks is survived by his niece and nephew, Tracy Estus Paxton and Russell Estus, and his wife, Anna, as well as their children and grandchildren, respectively.


A memorial service will be held in the Old Main Chapel at a later date and time. SUTV sends its condolences to the family and friends of Rupert Charles Loucks.

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