Paul E. Tucker was born in Greencastle, Indiana, on May 2, 1949. He grew up in Spencer, Indiana, and was an avid reader with a lifelong passion for learning.
Tucker earned both a Bachelor of Science degree in radio and television in 1972 and a Master of Arts degree in education in 1973 from IU. He was the first member of his family to pursue higher education.
After graduation, he spent five years as the audiovisual manager at Resurrection Hospital in Chicago.
He then accepted a job as the director of audiovisual at Humana, where he worked for 30 years until his retirement. He created a high-tech TV and recording studio and the first satellite television network for the organization.
In addition to working at Humana, Tucker was involved as a member and regional director for the Communications Media Management Association. CMMA honored him with its Outstanding Executive Award in 2006.
The Tuckers lived for 20 years in Floyds Knobs, Indiana, where they built their dream home together.
Tucker died unexpectedly in March 2014 and is buried in the historic Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville, Kentucky.
The Paul E. Tucker Memorial Scholarship, established by Tucker’s wife, Lisa DeVon Rightley-Tucker, supports undergraduate education for Media School students.
“I choose to give to The Media School because IU gave my late husband the opportunity to be the first in his family to graduate from higher education,” Rightley-Tucker said. “With Paul’s giving spirit, I wanted to present other students the same opportunities.”