"Allen is a great example of being dedicated to being the best you can be in your profession, without forgetting that you're part of a community," said Rep. Borders. "He's been involved in all kinds of things that really make a difference, like being a deacon at his church and being appointed to the county board of health."
The award came as a surprise to Dr. Lueking during the presentation of awards for local businesses. The Distinguished Hoosier Award is given by the governor to residents of Indiana who have made important contributions to their community and to the state.
"The Distinguished Hoosier is a high award, and Allen is a worthy man," said Rep. Borders. "Being able to give him this award is a great privilege."
Dr. Lueking co-owned a private veterinary practice in Sullivan and Linton from 1966 to 2007 after graduating from Purdue University in 1966 with a doctorate degree from the School of Veterinary Medicine. He has served on the board of veterinary medical examiners under former Gov. Evan Bayh, where he initiated the development of required continuing education for licensed veterinarians in Indiana.
Dr. Lueking has also been involved in 4-H, Rotary Club, the Southwest School Board and the Wabash Valley United Way of Terre Haute.
"Allen not only models excellence, but he encourages it in others as well," said Rep. Borders. "To me, that's a true mark of a distinguished Hoosier."