UA Journey

1957-1963 Lucy Cuddy

Photo of Lucy Hon Cuddy in Anchorage Alaska, "Greater Anchorage United Fund Drive chairman." May 14, 1956. Photographer: Ward W Wells, Anchorage Museum, Ward Wells Collection

Anchorage

Lucy Hon Cuddy was born on August 2, 1889 in Waldron Arkansas. She graduated from the University of Arkansas with a degree in Education in 1911. After teaching school for five years, she received a telegram asking if she would like to take a position at Valdez high school. She accepted and was on a boat within a few days. There she met Warren N. Cuddy, a lawyer from Washington. They were married in 1917. They had two sons, David Warren Cuddy and Daniel Hon Cuddy.

The family moved to Anchorage, where Warren established a law practice and began buying bank stock. He eventually became president of First National Bank. Mrs. Cuddy became very active in community affiars, starting Anchorage's first United Way campaign. In 1944, her son David was killed during World War II in Italy. In 1951, Warren dies from a heart attack. Cuddy’s other son, Dan, takes over his father’s position and Cuddy herself becomes president of the board after being a member on the board of directors for two years. She held this position until her death.

In 1957 Mrs. Cuddy became a member of the Board of Regents to succeed Roland Stock. She left the Board of Regents in 1963. Robert McFarland was appointed to take her place on the Board.

On June 3, 1961 she received a Distinguished Alumna citation from the University of Arkansas. In December of 1972 the campus center building of the University of Alaska at Anchorage was named the Lucy Cuddy Hall in her honor.

On March 1, 1982 Lucy Cuddy dies at the age of 92 in Anchorage.


UA Site named after Lucy Cuddy

Cuddy Hall

Sources

BOR file

Combs, Teresa (February 19th, 2008) Getting to Know..., The Northern Light, UAA

Haycox & McClanahan, Alaska Scrapbook: Oct. 11, 1866: Birth of Warren N. Cuddy, Alaska banking patriarch, Anchorage Daily News (October 16, 2005).