James Arthur Lucas loving husband, father and grandfather peacefully passed away on June 21, 2020. He is survived by his wife Gail, his two children James Andrew Lucas and Michele Anne Agnes; four grandchildren Timothy James Agnes (TJ), Brooke Elizabeth Agnes, James Alexander Lucas (Alex), and Ashleigh Renea Lucas; and two sisters, Mary Gibson and Peggy Milligan.
Jim graduated from Gonzaga High School in 1957 and Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1961. After college he proudly joined the Coast Guard where he served 6 months on active duty as a aerographers mate and finished his time in the reserves. Upon completion of his active duty in the Coast Guard he took a job with the Department of Defense- National Security Agency, where he was in the first agent’s class sponsored by the agency.
Jim had a long rewarding career with the National Security Agency that spanned over 30 + years. During his career he was instrumental in upgrading the government’s polygraph program to a computerized system. He loved traveling TDY and made many “work” and “personal” friends along the way. His work took him and his family to Bad Aibling, Germany for 4 years. During his career he was very active in the American Polygraph Association holding many executive positions including president of the association. He retired with accolades in 1995.
In retirement, he enjoyed spending time at Long Beach MD in the summers and Venice, Florida in the winter. He loved watching Redskins games with friends and talking about the “good ole days” He always put family first and loved spending time with his grandchildren and his sisters and nephew in Ft. Lauderdale Florida.
Friends are invited to celebrate James' life at the Kalas Funeral Home & Crematory, 2973 Solomons Island Rd., Edgewater, MD on Sunday, June 28 from 2 to 4 pm. Condolences may be made by using the Memory Wall link on this page.