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Albert Avedis Lucine - Obituary





Albert Avedis Lucine, Jr., MD, age 87, of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, died Tuesday, March 18, 2014. Born on November 17, 1926 in Philadelphia, PA, Albert was the son of an Armenian immigrant, Albert A. Lucine, who was a physician and surgeon in Philadelphia for 48 years, and Grace Ray Wright Lucine.

A retired physician after practicing for 45 years, Dr. Lucine graduated from Friends Select in 1943, the University of Pennsylvania in 1947 and the University of Pennsylvania Medical School in 1951. He did an internship at the Presbyterian Hospital, and was a resident at Pennsylvania Hospital. While at Presbyterian, he met an OR nurse, Mary Jane Lawson, and the two married in 1953.

Dr. Lucine was on the staff at Pennsylvania, Chester County and Paoli Memorial hospitals. He was the Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Chester County Hospital in West Chester, Pennsylvania, from 1965 to 1977, and from 1984 to 1988.

A founding member of Planned Parenthood of Chester County, Dr. Lucine was deeply admired for his medical leadership and beloved for his many contributions.

In high school and college, Al was an avid soccer and lacrosse player. He continued to play on club teams for several years following graduation.

He also received an honorable discharge from the Army of the United States in 1945. He received a good conduct medal, an American theater ribbon, and a World War II victory ribbon.

Al was first introduced to Morgan horses more than 60 years ago. Al and his wife, Janey's, first Morgan was an eight-year-old stallion, Squire Penn. From that time until 2004, they enjoyed breeding and showing a modest number of Morgans. Al enjoyed the day-to-day care of his Morgans. He played an active role in the farm's small breeding program, and was an avid supporter of his family's equine-related endeavors.

Their daughters became active in the Morgan world as toddlers--Betty, a registered nurse, has shown and/or trained world and national champions; and Suzy, now a freelance writer and photographer, was editor of The Morgan Horse magazine and the Horsemen's Yankee Pedlar, and co-producer of the Morgan Horse Video Review.

Dr. Albert A. Lucine was Chairman of the Board and President of the American Morgan Horse Association from October 1981 to February 1985. He was a member of the AMHA Board of Directors for 29 years. 

Dr. Lucine has served on a number of AMHA committees, including chairman of the first Grand National Morgan Horse Show, held in 1973 in Detroit, Michigan; he also has chaired the Regional Shows and Nominating committees. He was a member of the committee to establish the irrevocable trust for the AMHA Registry, and served as Chairman of the Registry Committee for ten years under five different presidents.

During his three-year term as president, Dr. Lucine demonstrated a knack for creating an atmosphere that allowed AMHA to continue to develop and start new activities for the benefit of the organization, its members, and the Morgan horse. Such innovative activities included the annual convention and stallion service auction, as well as new promotional and educational material. Also during his term, AMHA's membership almost doubled; the Association purchased land in Shelburne, Vermont, to build a permanent office and museum, and the Board voted reciprocity with the Canadian Morgan Horse Registry.

In addition to serving AMHA, Dr. Lucine was a Trustee of the American Morgan Horse Institute and a Director of the American Horse Shows Association. He was Chairman of AHSA's Nominating Committee and served on the Drugs & Medication Committee.

Albert is survived by his wife, Mary Jane, of 60 years; his daughters, Suzanne Lucine, wife of Jeffrey A. Koller, and Elizabeth Jane Trostle; grandchildren Matthew A. Trostle and Meghan E. Trostle; and a brother, Andrew D. Lucine, MD, along with several nephews and nieces.

Relatives and friends are invited to his Memorial Service 11 am Saturday March 22, 2014 at the DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Funeral Home, Inc. 410 N. Church St. West Chester, Pennsylvania, (610) 696-1181, www.DellaFH.com.

Visitations will be held from 6-8 pm Friday March 21 and from 10-11 am Saturday March 22 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, a contribution in Dr. Albert Lucine's memory can be made to: Chester County Hospital Foundation, 701 East Marshall St., West Chester, Pennsylvania 19380 or Neighborhood Hospice, 400 East Marshall St., West Chester, Pennsylvania 19380 or to the American Morgan Horse Educational Charitable Trust, 4066 Shelburne Rd., Suite 6, Shelburne, Vermont 05482.

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