His grandfather, the late Cedric Lussier, was a recipient of the Bronze Star and other decorations during World War II. Dr. Lussier, a well-known local dentist, was awarded his medals as a P-47 Thunderbolt fighter pilot in World War II. He and his wife, "Sis," were longtime residents of Menlo Park and Atherton.
Capt. Lussier is the son of Mark Lussier, who grew up in Menlo Park. He is a graduate of Norwich University in Vermont, where Ms. Whelan is a trustee emeritus.