Donald R. Luger
May 12, 1938 – August 4, 2021
Donald Richard Luger, resident of Dunwoody, Georgia, passed away in the company of family on August 4th, 2021. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, whose lasting presence will be missed by all who knew him.
Born May 12th, 1938, in Elizabeth, New Jersey, Don’s family moved to St. Petersburg, Florida in 1946, where he spent the remainder of his childhood until graduating from St. Paul High School in 1956. Having excelled in mathematics, Don attended Auburn University, earning both his bachelor’s degree (1962) and master’s degree (1964) in civil engineering.
Don spent most of his professional career with Lockwood Greene Engineers (LGE), Inc. Beginning in 1967 as a young project manager, Don later went on to lead the company as President, CEO, and Chairman until his retirement in 1999. The company’s growth during his tenure gave the employees and families at Lockwood Greene a livelihood that Don was proud of. Don always said that work made people complete; it gave them value, dignity, and satisfaction in life. Don’s contribution to Lockwood Greene was a tremendous professional accomplishment that his humility rarely acknowledged.
Beyond Lockwood Greene, Don’s quiet philanthropy left many beneficiaries throughout his lifetime. From deserving undergraduates at his Alma Mater to returning veterans who sacrificed themselves in defense of the freedoms he genuinely cherished, Don’s contributions to scholarship endowments, catholic charities, wounded and fallen service members, and others, left a legacy that will continue for generations. Don always said, “Leave it better than you found it.”
In retirement, Don spent most of his time with family, attending school functions and sporting events for his two children. He saw them through high school, college, and graduate school, and into their respective professions. He watched both children get married and became a grandfather, earning the revered title ‘Pop-Pop’ in his final years. Don’s presence at all his children’s major milestones represented the years of guidance and mentorship he provided them. The example he set as a husband and father was the highest testament to his individual character.
Don is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Sharon (McManus) Luger; his two children, Major Christopher D. Luger, USMC, and Morgan Luger Reynolds, PharmD.; his grandson, William D. Luger; and his brother Thomas Luger. Don will be greatly missed by all those who knew him.
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Donald R. Luger
September 20, 2021
I am so very sorry to hear of Don’s passing. He left such a wonderful legacy, touching many lives. He did leave this world better. My condolences to all. Sharon Roman White
Linda Brown Sorenson
September 19, 2021
I am so sorry for your loss. I know this is a difficult time for you. May God bless you and heal you in your heart and in your soul
Peter and Heidy Schmidt
September 6, 2021
we are very sad and sympathetic and feel with you about Don`s
passing away and are so sorry for you and your children.
Heidy and myself have always enjoyed Don`s presence in our home
and were impressed with and enjoyed his so inspiring conversations in so many common questions of our life in demanding times.
Lockwood Green under his Leadership was an outstanding
Engineering Group both within the US and Internationally.
Dear Sharon, we will remember Don in our mind as a true friend
and wonderful person. We wish you strength and courage to
accept this great loss for you and your family and send you
Heidy and Peter
September 4, 2021
As proud member of the former Lockwood Greene team we wish the Luger family our sincere condolences.
August 29, 2021
So sad to hear of Don’s passing. May you find peace and comfort in the days to come.
Prayers for you and your family.
August 28, 2021
Dan Luger and I first met upon my joining Lockwood Greene in October, 1983. Between then and his retirement in 1999, Don was a leader, mentor and sponsor, which enabled me to enjoy a very successful and lucrative career.
We became closer as friends after his retirement during collaborations at Auburn and periodic dinners during my stays in Atlanta and phone calls up until his passing.
My deepest, heartfelt condolences to Sharon and family, Bruce
August 27, 2021
Don was unique. Engineer, Business Leader but most of all a friend
Susan Stevens Collins
August 23, 2021
Don was a wonderful person! My husband Stan and I knew him from Boy Scouts and have counted him a cherished friend since. He was a patient father and an innovative thinker. We will miss him so much and send sympathy to his lovely wife Sharon, and great kids that it was our pleasure to see grow to fine adults.
Sue Stevens Collins
Stan N. Collins
August 23, 2021
Sharon, Caring thoughts and deepest condolence to you, Chris, and Morgan at this difficult time--dora
Katherine (Kathy) Baldwin
August 22, 2021
My sincere sympathy to you & your family during this difficult time of loss. I plan on attending Mass at All Saints.
God bless - Kathy Baldwin
August 21, 2021
Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time of Don’s passing.
May God comfort you and give you peace.
August 21, 2021
My condolences and prayers for you and your family.
August 18, 2021
Don was a wonderful and constant friend of the Auburn School of Nursing. Not only did he support our undergraduates through the scholarship he endowed, he provided valuable supportive advice to me, and faithfully attended many of our functions. He will be widely missed on the campus.
I send my deepest sympathies to his family. Don will live on through his philanthropy and good deeds.
Barbara S. Witt
Dean Emeritus, AU School of Nursing
August 17, 2021
I am forever thankful for Mr. Luger's generosity to the Auburn School of Nursing. More than thirty years ago, I received a scholarship from him. This generous gift set me on an upward path in a career that I love and continue to enjoy. I send my sincere sympathy; as well as, my sincerest appreciation.
August 16, 2021
It was my privilege, as a development officer, to have met Don many years ago when Morgan was on her high school softball team and she was attending a softball program at Auburn. Don was a generous supporter, strong advocate, and dear friend of the School of Nursing -- from the Blue Jean Ball at Coach Pat Dye’s to his active service on the Community Advisory Board to his membership in the Mary F. Woody Society. Don also had a great sense of humor and enjoyed sharing jokes and his reflections as a college student at the university. Don absolutely was an Auburn Man and will be missed.
August 15, 2021
Don offered me the opportunity of a life time. He said I had 10 seconds to consider it. For this I am forever grateful. He was a great mentor, leader and boss. As a boss, he was very hard and demanding, but underneath he had a big heart. The "hard" boss was just a role that he felt he had to play. Don strived to continue his learning and demanded the best from himself as well as others. He was truly respected by clients who recognized his knowledge, honor and integrity.
He was proud of his family and loved to share what his children were doing.
I am a better person because of Don Luger. He will be missed.
August 15, 2021
Sorry to read about Don’s passing. I have many positive recollections during my tenure with Lockwood Greene.
John & Kathleen Higgins
August 11, 2021
Don and I became very good friends as members of the Auburn Alumni Engineering Council over the last two plus decades. He loved to tell me about his adventures while at Auburn and how meetings and conversations with his friends and professors impacted his career path along with how he conducted his decisions making about people and projects. During a number of our Auburn Council meetings he became noted for asking pointed questions about how the University and the College of Engineering was making decisions and if they were in the best interest of the student's education. Auburn and the Civil Engineering Industry have lost someone who had a sincere positive interest and impact on both. Rest in Peace my friend. I will miss seeing and talking with you.
Richard (Dick) Caravana
August 11, 2021
Don & I were high school friends. He went to St Paul, the Catholic school & I went to St Petersburg High. After we graduated, before Don went to Auburn, and I went into the Army, we worked as rodmen on a Survey crew in St Pete. If you knew Don, (or me) then you' ve heard the many funny stories about our boss who needed a beer (or more) to start the day. We stayed in touch, on and off, these many years. He was a good friend whom I will miss greatly. He, and his family are in my prayers.
August 9, 2021
Don and I were classmates in Civil Engineering at Auburn University. We studied together, wrestled with certain classes and professors together, and cooked a great big pig with some other civil engineering brothers. We ended up in Atlanta working for engineering consulting companies (on some jobs together), played golf, ate pizza, and went to several Blue Jean Balls at Auburn, thanks to Don. He was a good engineer, company leader, wonderful friend, and a Good Man. i have been blessed to have known Don and spent some real good times with him.