Richard William Luckan, a retired banker and Vietnam War veteran who enjoyed gourmet cooking and dining, died of melanoma and leukemia Saturday at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air. He was 62.
Mr. Luckan was born in Baltimore and raised in Towson. He attended Loyola High School and graduated from Parkville High School in 1963.
He earned a degree in 1967 from the University of Baltimore School of Law and a bachelor's degree in economics from Loyola College in 1973. He earned a master's degree in banking and finance from the University of Maryland in 1979.
Mr. Luckan joined the Army in 1967 and served with an intelligence unit in Vietnam. He was discharged with the rank of sergeant in 1970.
Mr. Luckan began his business career in 1973 at the old Union Trust Co., where he rose to vice president.
From 1994 until he retired in 1995, he was a stockbroker with Nations Securities, which had been established in the early 1990s by NationsBank and Dean Witter Financial Services.
Mr. Luckan lived in Paris from 1996 to 2000, serving as a financial liaison to the U.S. Embassy.
Mr. Luckan enjoyed collecting and sharing wines from his collection with family and friends. He and his wife of 37 years, the former Susan Koenig, prepared gourmet meals in the kitchen of their Fallston home.
A certified wine judge, Mr. Luckan was president of the Baltimore chapter of the American Wine Society.
He also enjoyed sailing and held a private pilot's license.
"We took cooking classes, and he loved giving and attending parties. He enjoyed spending time cooking on weekends," Mrs. Luckan said.
"He flew for fun, and often we'd take off and fly to New Jersey or the Eastern Shore to eat at a restaurant we heard about and then fly home," she said.
Mr. Luckan was a longtime member of the Bel Air Rotary and had served two terms as president.
He was a communicant of St. Margaret Roman Catholic Church, 141 Hickory Ave. in Bel Air, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11:30 a.m. Friday.
Also surviving are his parents, William and Virginia Luckan of Carney; a sister, Patricia Luckan of Kingston, N.Y.; and many nieces and nephews.