Networking Reception:

Remembering Our Roots

WHEN: 6pm, September 6th

WHERE: Sun Yat Sen Hall, St. John's University Queens Campus

REGISTRATION: Online preregistration required.



  • 6:00pm  Welcome Address & Opening Remarks

  • 6:30pm  Alum & Faculty Testimonials

  • 7:00pm  Presentation of New York State Assembly's Proclamation Honoring Prof. Lucas to TMLA


Prof. Patricia Mary Lucas

(b. May 31, 1931; d. Sept. 8, 2018)

Biographical Summary:

Patricia M. Lucas (The Mary Louis Academy Class of 1949, St. John's University Class of 1953) was a true teaching icon. Daughter of Richard and Frances Lucas, Ms. Lucas is well known for her extensive knowledge of ancient and classical cultures and governments. Ms. Lucas taught History and Government & Politics (G&P) for ~45 years at The Mary Louis Academy (TMLA) as well as St. John's University (SJU); she was also the sole instructor of the TMLA-SJU Advance Placement G&P course and a founding contributor to the landmark Sun Yat Sen Center at St. John's University, which is home to countless classical volumes and works of art. Ms. Lucas retired in 1999 after inspiring several generations of students to reach their full potential and maintain a keen interest/awareness of the classical roots underlying contemporary cultures. She spent her remaining years peacefully in High Point, North Carolina. 

Alum Testimonials:

  • "Ms. Lucas will always be remembered for her graceful demeanor and amazing stories."

  • "Ms. Lucas truly made history come alive. She never once looked at a book while teaching. All of these wonderful historical figures resided safely in her incredible mind."

  • "Ms. Lucas will always be remembered for her dedication to excellence, her incredible intellect, her kind smile, her giving nature and her absolute commitment to empowering youth through education."

  • "Of all the instructors I had, she was one of the most memorable. She made the classical roots of Government & Politics come alive."

Special Recognition:

The History Resource Center at TMLA has been dedicated to her memory.


The establishment of Philo4Thought was based on many of the philosophical teachings supported in Ms. Lucas' class, which is  grounded in the philosophical teachings of Aristotle and the charitable, philanthropic outlook so diligently upheld by Ms. Lucas and several key mentors whose memories will live on through our actions and community service.


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