The track and field area behind the Doherty Middle School and within the World War I Memorial Playstead has been named The Tucker Family Field after longtime community advocates Susan and Michael Tucker and their sons, who were star athletes during their time in the Andover Public School system.
Susan spent more than two decades in the state Legislature, first as a state representative, then as a state senator. Her husband, Michael, was a commissioned ROTC 2nd Lieutenant in the Army who later began a therapy program for veterans suffering from PTSD.
“Senator Tucker’s reputation as a trailblazer for women in elected office was known to me previously, and I have appreciated learning more about the entire Tucker family through this process,” School Committee Chair Shannon Scully said in a statement from Andover Public Schools that announced the dedication of the field.
According to the statement, Susan’s “important work included chairing the Senate Committee concerned with Veteran Affairs, and passage of a 2003 bill that enabled thousands of Massachusetts veterans to access state veterans’ benefits."
Susan was named an Andover Veteran Honoree for her diligence on behalf of veterans across Massachusetts.
The naming of the field is especially significant for the Tucker family because their sons, David and Mark, were star athletes during their time in the Andover Public Schools. Mark died in 2017 and David is currently battling Lou Gehrig’s disease.
The School Committee voted to name the field after the Tucker Family during the Aug. 19 meeting. Members came to this decision after receiving much public input.
“The feedback from the community received by the committee on this naming proposal made it clear that the Tucker family has extensive and meaningful connections with generations of people across Andover and a legacy deserving of this recognition,” Scully said.