George T. Lukemeyer MD

July 18, 1924February 25, 2018
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George Throop Lukemeyer, M.D. of Bloomington, formerly of Indianapolis passed away Sunday evening at the I.U. Health; Bloomington Hospice House. Born July 18, 1924 in Francisco, Indiana, he was the son of Saint John and Mary Francis (Throop) Lukemeyer. Dr. Lukemeyer was a professor emeritus of the Indiana University School of Medicine. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Indiana University in 1944, and his M.D. degree from Indiana University School of Medicine in 1947.

He was a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and a Master in the American College of Physicians. He joined the Department of Internal Medicine as an instructor in 1954, and, shortly thereafter, established the artificial kidney laboratory at the Indiana University Medical Center. Dr. Lukemeyer chaired the academic committee that drafted the "Indiana Plan for Statewide Medical Education." He was appointed associate dean of the Indiana University School of Medicine in 1966, and became executive associate dean and medical director of the University Hospitals in March of 1972. He served in this capacity until his retirement and appointment to professor emeritus in December of 1990.

Over the years, he was active in many local, state and national professional societies. He was President of the Indiana State Medical Association in 1983-84. In the American College of Physicians, he held leadership roles from 1975 through 1988. He was Governor-elect, Indiana Region of the American College of Physicians, 1975-76, and was Governor from 1976 through 1980. He was elected a Regent of the American College of Physicians in 1981, and Secretary General in 1982. He served as Secretary General until 1988, and for six years chaired the Credentials Subcommittee and the Membership Policy Committee of the American College of Physicians. He was a member of the American Medical Association Council on Medical Education, 1986-95.

He also was a member of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), 1994-97 and served from 1991-96 on the Board of the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME). He is a past-chairman of the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the American Medical Association Council on Medical Education. He served six years as commissioner on the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).

He was honored with the Sagamore of the Wabash in 1979 and 1991, Indiana Hospital Association Award of Merit in 1988, and the Maynard K. Hine Medal in 1991. The Indiana University School of Medicine Alumni Association named him Alumnus of the Year in 1984.

Dr. Lukemeyer had served on the Medical School Admissions Committee since 1960 and chaired the committee from 1982-2000. He was a member of St. Luke’s Catholic Parish in Indianapolis. He was a W.W. II Army veteran serving in the Medical Corps. Dr. Lukemeyer is survived by his wife, Barbara (Hayes) Lukemeyer, of Bloomington, his son and daughter-in-law, George T. “Deuce” Lukemeyer II and Shelley Malone Lukemeyer, of Bloomington, his daughter, Anna Lukemeyer, of Indianapolis and four grandchildren, Hannah H. Lukemeyer, Jacques Poirier, George T. “Trip” Lukemeyer III and Jon-Luc Poirier. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Bob Lukemeyer, two sisters, Sarah Wallace and Ginny MacDonald and his son-in-law, Kriss Drass. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday at 11:00 a.m. with Father John Meany officiating. Burial/Entombment will follow in Valhalla Memory Gardens. Friends may visit the family on Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Day & Deremiah-Frye Funeral Home; 4150 E. Third St; Bloomington. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to benefit the IU School of Medicine as follows: IUF-Lukemeyer Scholarship, P.O. Box 7072, Indianapolis, IN 46207-7072. Online condolences may be given at


  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, March 2, 2018
  • Gathering of Family and Friends Thursday, March 1, 2018

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Karen Coggeshall Huff

March 7, 2018

On behalf of Warren and Dody Coggeshall’s kids, I would like to extend our condolences to Barbara, her children and grandchildren upon the passing of George. He was a long time colleague and very good friend of our parents and such a genuinely nice man.

Greg Gramelspacher

March 1, 2018

Dr. George Lukemeyer was a great man.
He was kind enough to meet with me as a non-traditional applicant to medical school. When he asked me what I would do if i didn't get into med school, I asked him if he knew something that I didn't know! I think that I told him that I would re-apply and maybe even consider nursing school. Years later, I served on his Admissions Committee. I considered him a wise and dear colleague at IUSM. We shared the "Jasper connection" and he was a friend and fraternity brother to my Dad who was born on February 25th. My sincerest condolences to the entire Lukemeyer clan. He will be missed.

Jackie Strobel

March 1, 2018

My deepest condolences to Dr. Lukemeyer's beautiful family. I never had the honor of meeting Dr. Lukemeyer however, I know his grandchildren. Hannah, may God continue to bless you with wonderful memories of your grandfather. I know how much you loved spending time with him at his Lake home.

as always,
Jackie, John, Caitlin, Paige & Megan Strobel


March 1, 2018

I was greatly saddened to learn of the loss of George. He was the person who informed me of my acceptance to medical school. He gave me the Roche award after my freshman year and allowed me to be his assistant on the first artificial kidney. Some years later we worked together on the 7 center medical education plan for Indiana. He was an humble man, but contributed so very much to our school and our profession. I consider him a good physician, a mentor, a colleague and a friend. I offer my most profound gratitude and condolences to his family.

Jose Espada

March 1, 2018

I began at the medical school as the Director of Student Financial Services in 1989. I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Lukemeyer through 2000 and saw him on campus off and on thereafter. I regarded Dr. Lukemeyer as a very quiet man, but he commanded great respect. He was always willing to hear out situations and would always give constructive comments. He would often ask you your thoughts before he chimed in on a resolution. I took away from Dr. Lukemeyer his professionalism and genuine care for people.


February 28, 2018

Please accept my condolences for the loss of your family. May you find peace and strength during this time. - Psalms 29:11

John and Terry Wallace

February 28, 2018

Uncle Doc was such a wonderful person in so many ways! We loved seeing him at Lake Wawasee, he entertained us with stories at family gatherings and was admired by his family for his humor and tender ways! He will be missed by all!