"I believe strongly in education which, in the very best sense of the word, helps shove each one of us toward accomplishment, not for ourselves, but for its effect on every mission of great worth to mankind. The Marine Corps University Foundation is part of that for every Marine and for the Corps’ complex, difficult and extraordinarily important purpose. "
Commissioned in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1954, General Anthony (Tony) Lukeman served in the three active Marine Divisions and commanded infantry organizations at the platoon, company, battalion and regimental levels. He served in Vietnam with the 3d Marine Division in 1966 and 1967 and with the Vietnamese Marine Corps in 1974 and 1975. During the latter assignment, he participated in planning and executing the evacuation of U.S. and Vietnamese citizens from Saigon in 1975. Other assignments prior to his selection as a General in 1980 included duty at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, as a company grade officer and staff assignments in planning and programming, logistics, supply, financial management, operations and manpower. As a General Officer, he was the Director of the Manpower Plans and Policy Division, Headquarters, Marine Corps; Commanding General of Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton; Commanding General, Marine Corps Recruit Depot/Western Recruiting Region, San Diego; and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Military Manpower and Personnel Policy).
For ten years following his retirement from the Corps, while he was Executive Director of the Marine Corps Association, he worked closely with the Marine Corps University Foundation at the Quantico facility.
Born in Jamaica, New York, General Lukeman graduated in 1954 from Dartmouth College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government. He holds a Master's degree in Business Administration from The George Washington University and is a graduate of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College and the National War College. Married to the former Mary Lou Burnett, they have two daughters, a son and six grandchildren. While he would prefer being on active duty, he says, “The Marine Corps says I’m not young enough, so I’ve got too much spare time, some of which Mary Lou and I spend with a couple of choral groups, some of which I spend on the golf course (high handicap, however) and some of which I spend writing. Not published – yet!”