Long-time Sierra Madre Resident, Ann Luke, Passes Away at 80

Long-time Sierra Madre resident Ann Walker Luke passed away on October 28 at the age of 80 after a year-long battle with cancer. Active in community and civic affairs in Southern California for many years, she served as president of the Sierra Madre Kiwanis Club and the Sierra Madre Woman’s Club, as a member and president of the city’s chamber of commerce, a member of the board of Creative Arts group, and a member of the city’s Senior Commission.
She is survived by her husband, John Luke, and a brother, Dr. John Walker of Oceanside.
Ann was born in Los Angeles and grew up on her family’s avocado ranch in the San Diego County community of Fallbrook. After graduating in the class of 1957 from Pomona College, where she was editor of the student newspaper, she served for two years as an analyst for the National Security Agency in Fort Meade, Maryland.
Returning to Southern California in 1960, she became a technical writer and editor at System Development Corporation (SDC), where she worked with another writer/editor, John Luke, whom she married in 1967. For several years, she was assistant editor for the Annual Review of Information Science and Technology, which SDC developed for the National Science Foundation.
During the 1980s she held publications and marketing management positions at the Rand Corporation and Xerox.
After moving to Sierra Madre in 1987, Ann established her own marketing-communications consulting firm, Luke Communications. Later, she also was an advertising specialist for the Sierra Madre Weekly, Mountain Views News, and San Marino Tribune before retiring earlier this year.
Long active in professional and community affairs, Ann served as president of the Los Angeles chapter of Women in Business and was a member of the Committee for the Preservation of Simon Rodia’s Towers in Watts.
Music was long an important part of her life.She sang in the Pomona College choir, with a cathedral choir in Washington, D.C., and with the Pasadena-area chapter of the Sweet Adelines women’s barbershop society. Presented with a hammered dulcimer as a birthday gift in 1992, she studied for the next 15 years with noted Monrovia teacher Jennifer Ranger and for several years played with an Irish band that performed regularly at art fairs and home tours in the San Gabriel Valley.
For many years, Ann and John have been members of the congregation of Sierra Madre’s Episcopal Church of the Ascension, where her remains will be interred in the parish’s’s Memorial Garden. ###

November 10, 2016

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