Biography of Dr. Charles Lukens
Lucas County, OH Biographies

For twenty two years Dr. Charles Lukens has been numbered among the medical practitioners of Toledo and as a specialist in the treatment of diseases pertaining to the eye, ear, nose and throat he has won recognition. He was born on a farm near West Mansfield, Ohio, February 10, 1869, and his parents, John F. and Louisa K. (Swartz) Lukens, were also natives of this state, in which they spent their lives. The father was a surveyor and civil engineer by profession but later took up scientific farming, being a man of versatile talents and varied interests. His demise occurred in 1903, when he was eighty years of age, and the mother passed away in 1910, at the age of eighty three.

Charles Lukens, their only child, attended the country schools and later became a student at the Central Ohio College, completing his course in 1887. He then devoted some time to educational work and afterward entered Starling Medical College, now the medical department of the Ohio State University, from which he was graduated in 1892. He began his professional career at Bellefontaine, Ohio, where he maintained an office for three years, later going to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for postgraduate study. In 1899 and 1900 he was resident surgeon in Wills Eye Hospital of that city, and in the latter year he came to Toledo, where he has since practiced his specialty. He is a member of the staff of Flower Hospital of this city and subordinates all other interests to the demands of his profession.

On the 27th of September, 1893, Dr. Lukens was married at East Liberty, in Logan county, Ohio, to Miss Lotta Painter, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Painter, and two children have been born' of this union, a son and a daughter. John Alfred Lukens, the elder, was born in Logan county in 1897 and after completing a course in the Scott high school of Toledo he entered the University of Michigan, from which he was graduated in 1922, with the M. D. degree. He is now an interne at the Long Island College Hospital of Brooklyn, New York. Ruth Lotta Lukens was born in Toledo in 1904 and was graduated from Scott high school in this city in 1922.

Dr. Lukens is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church and his political allegiance is given to the republican party. He is a member of the Inverness Club and is a thirty second degree Mason and a Shriner. He is a member of the Academy of Medicine of Toledo and Lucas County, of which he was president for two years during the World war and materially helped mobilize the profession, thoroughly appreciating the fact that the medical profession could win the war by keeping our men healthy. He is also a member of the Ohio State Medical Association, which honored him with its presidency in 1920-21. He is a fellow of the American Medical Association, of the American College of Surgeons, of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Oto-Laryngology, and has been granted a certificate by the American Board of Ophthalmic Examiners.

Toledo and Lucas County, Ohio
BY: John M. Killits, A.M., LL.D.
S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago and Toledo

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