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DeKoster, Lucas James



  • Existence: 1918-2000


Lucas James DeKoster was born in Hull, Iowa, on June 18, 1918. He attended Kansas State University before transferring to Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, where he graduated in 1939 with a degree in mechanical engineering. From 1940 to 1947, he worked for the NACA (a forerunner of NASA) where he did propeller and jet engine research. DeKoster attended the Cleveland Marshall Law School, graduating in 1949. He then worked as a patent attorney in Cleveland. In 1951, he returned to Hull, Iowa, to establish a legal practice. A Republican, Mr. DeKoster was elected in 1967 to the first of five terms in the Iowa state senate, until 1983. He died in Hull, Sioux County, Iowa, on February 23, 2000.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Lucas James DeKoster Papers

Identifier: MsC0289

Iowa state senator. DeKoster's correspondence and legislative newsletters from his terms in the legislature.

Dates: 1967-1982; Majority of material found within 1979-1980