Lu Richter was born and raised in Arkansas, attended Ouachita Baptist University and Johns Hopkins School
of Nursing. In the late 1940s and 1950s, Lu organized and provided health care services for poor blacks in
Moving to Rochester in 1976 with her husband, Dr. Goetz Richter, she joined the local League for
Nursing. In the late 1970s, Lu developed a successful seven-county program called "Project Late Start",
designed to recruit women into nursing as a second career. In 1980, she researched and developed a local
State Board Review Course for the benefit of new graduates.
Lu was a nursing instructor at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, NY and worked as a literacy volunteer.
Lu also worked as a Public Health Nurse, making daily forays into Rochester homes to provide much-needed
services in poorer communities. Lu developed a malignant melanoma and passed away in 1986.
Lu was a leader, mentor, confidant, colleague and friend. She worked with many of the nurses who continue
their participation on the scholarship committee. Because of her dedication to education and to the nursing
profession, her friends and nursing colleagues named the scholarship program in her memory.