Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Kikkoman establishes public affairs scholarship to honor Lucey

The Kikkoman Foods Foundation has donated $50,000 to the University of Wisconsin–Madison Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs for student scholarships in the name of former Gov. Patrick Lucey.

The donation to establish the Patrick J. Lucey Memorial Scholarship Fund was announced September 14 at a memorial service in the Wisconsin Capitol for Lucey, who died this year at the age of 96.

“The La Follette School thanks Kikkoman Foods for this gift which will provide a lasting legacy for our good friend, Governor Patrick J. Lucey,” says Professor Susan Webb Yackee, director of the La Follette School. “With this donation protected in perpetuity, we expect to be able to give a $3,000 scholarship each year to a deserving student to study public policy. As others contribute, we will be able to do more.”

Lucey recruited Kikkoman to Walworth, Wisconsin, in 1972, and the company has since grown to be the world’s largest naturally brewed soy sauce plant.

Lucey had a long career of public service to Wisconsin and the nation. He started in politics by serving one term in the Wisconsin Assembly from 1949-1951, followed by being elected lieutenant governor from 1965-1967. He was elected governor of Wisconsin twice and served from 1971-1977, when he was appointed as ambassador to Mexico by President Jimmy Carter. In 1980, he ran unsuccessfully for the vice presidency of the United States as an independent with presidential candidate John Anderson.

Lucey is also viewed as largely responsible for helping to found the modern Democratic Party in Wisconsin. posted a full article about his life with tributes to him by former governors and colleagues.

To donate to via the University of Wisconsin Foundation, fill out the online form with “Patrick J. Lucey Memorial Scholarship Fund” in the Gift Note field. For information on giving to the La Follette School of Public Affairs is available online.