Daniel William Luczak, 63, ran forensic animation firm

July 04, 2005

Daniel William Luczak, who founded a pioneering forensic animation company, died June 27 in Annapolis of seizures resulting from coronary artery disease. The Annapolis resident was 63.

A native of Connellsville, Pa., Mr. Luczak graduated from Pennsylvania State University, earning a dual degree in electrical engineering and arts and letters.

After serving a tour of duty in Vietnam in the Navy, he came to Annapolis in the early 1970s to be an instructor at the Naval Academy, teaching electrical engineering and speech communications. He was honorably discharged as a lieutenant commander in 1975.

After leaving the Navy, Mr. Luczak started a media marketing company and did research projects and films for the Library of Congress.

In 1982, he was a founder of Forensic Technologies International, which dealt primarily with forensic engineering and scientific services for the legal and insurance industries. Mr. Luczak's former wife, Laren Leonard, said that his and his company's efforts were instrumental in first getting forensic animation admitted as evidence in court.

He retired as chairman of the company in 1998. At the time of his death, he was working as a consultant for a number of businesses, Ms. Leonard said.

A writer, actor and producer, Mr. Luczak had a longtime interest in theatrical productions and launched a storytelling Web site.

He was chairman of the assembly at Fairhaven School in Upper Marlboro, where he did fund raising and was working on a film about the school with students.

Mr. Luczak also was a poet, and was known for his culinary skills and love of food.

A memorial service was held Saturday.

Survivors include his mother, Angela Luczak of Connellsville, Pa.; two sons, Dan Luczak of Los Angeles and Jared Luczak of Annapolis; a daughter, Jenny Luczak of Annapolis; and a brother, Dennis Luczak of New York City.

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