Alan Tucker, 56, vice provost for Faculty Affairs, drowned Jan.
6 while on vacation with his wife and friends in Playa del Carmen,
“Alan was a person who treated everyone with friendship and
respect,” said Peter Nicholls, provost/academic vice president.
“Many people on this campus have not only lost a trusted colleague,
but a dear friend.”
Tucker is survived by his wife, Melissa, his father Philip, two
children, two grandchildren, five nieces and one nephew.
Joining CSU in 1979 as an associate professor of physiology,
Tucker served at CSU for nearly 25 years. During his tenure, he
served as assistant dean and associate dean in the College of
Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, department head of
physiology and on several faculty leadership committees.
Tucker was appointed interim vice provost for Faculty Affairs in
June 2001, a position made permanent in July 2002.
During his time as vice provost, Tucker oversaw many university
responsibilities, including faculty personnel affairs, diversity
initiatives, academic program reviews, indicators, budgets, grants
and contracts, and life sciences initiatives.
“His work and accomplishments were very impressive,” Nicholls
said. “But people absolutely loved Alan Tucker because of his
personality and the way he could relate to people. You felt special
when you were around him. He brought out the best in people.”
Scott Tucker, Alan Tucker’s son, described his father as an
extremely brilliant individual with a quick, dry wit. He was
athletic and loved the mountains. He enjoyed participating in
sports, including soccer and bike riding and liked to watch the
Rams during their football season, Scott Tucker said.
“I went to Boulder for college and during the 1986 season, when
CSU won the football game, my dad tracked me down at a friend’s
house who had an unlisted number just to tell me that CU were
getting their butts kicked,” Scott Tucker said. “He was a neat, fun
man who will be greatly missed, especially by his family.”