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A Life Well-Lived Dr. Clyde A. Luck, Jr.
By Sentinel News Service
Published September 27, 2018

Dr. Clyde A. Luck, Jr. Born in Danville, Virginia and educated in Washington, D.C., Dr. Clyde Luck identified his life’s purpose—helping people who had a hard time helping themselves, reminiscent of the country doctor of old; reminding him of his father, Dr. Clyde A. Luck.

After graduating from Howard University College of Medicine in 1959, Dr. Luck did his internship at Detroit Receiving Hospital, followed by a residency in General Surgery at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital and Detroit Receiving Hospital in the state of Michigan. In Los Angeles, California, a one year fellowship was completed with the Kaiser Permanente Foundation Hospital. In the summer of 1965 Dr. Luck returned to Detroit and engaged in a private practice; however, the memories of the California sunshine and the apparent successes of former classmates and best friends, Dr. John Greene and Dr. Edward Smith, beckoned him back to the Pacific coast to establish a practice not limited to referrals only but with an open door. This naturally coupled his involvement in local humanitarian, philanthropic and professional organizations: The Brotherhood Crusade, the One Hundred Black Men, the National Medical Association and the Drew Medical Society to name only a few. Dr Luck was also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.


Dr. Luck often stated that his Howard education served him well, affording him a rewarding experience for forty years. His private surgical practice in Los Angeles resulted in generations of families claiming him as their very own medical professional.

Retiring in 2007 gave him time to demonstrate his passion for every member of his vast family, immediate and extended alike. He found domestic and international travel enlightening. He and his wife Janet split their time between Las Vegas, Nevada and Los Angeles, California. In addition to Janet, Dr. Luck’s daughter, Kelli Luck Slade and son-in-law Kenyatta, grandchildren Sadat, John and Dale, brother Dr. Albert Luck and wife Merle, niece Dr. Lori Luck and cousin Atty. Trudy Williams are just a very small number of family members and friends who miss him already.

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