Alvin Lucchi, 87, colonel, creator of MVA course

October 17, 2003

Alvin Lucchi, a retired Army colonel who helped initiate an educational program focusing on drinking and driving for the state Motor Vehicle Administration, died of kidney failure Saturday at Anne Arundel Medical Center. The Annapolis resident was 87.

Born in the Bronx, N.Y., he earned a bachelor's degree in English from Fordham University and a master's from Columbia University.

He taught English at Iona College in New Rochelle, N.Y., before enlisting in the Army during World War II. He served as a battalion commander in coastal artillery in the Philippines and New Guinea. After the conflict, he assisted in the administration of civil education programs in Japan and Korea. He attained the rank of colonel.

He moved to Bowie in 1962 and became a federal government training officer. He retired in the early 1970s as assistant director for training and career development at the U.S. Customs Service. From 1974 to 1977, he was Bowie's assistant town manager. He moved to Annapolis in 1986.

Mr. Lucchi helped start an MVA course for drivers convicted of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol. He taught the course, established its curriculum and trained its instructors.

Mr. Lucchi enjoyed travel and preparing Italian dishes. He also followed politics and current events and visited the Republican and Democratic conventions in 1964, and the 1972 and 1984 Democratic national conventions.

Services were held Wednesday at the Maryland Veterans Cemetery at Crownsville.

Survivors include his wife of nearly 48 years, the former Rita Berman; a son, Leonard Lucchi of Bowie, who is a former county attorney for Prince George's County; and two grandchildren.

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