Lueders was born in 1927 in Jacksonville, Florida. He studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) from 1946 to 1950. He began teaching at the Cheltenham Art Center in 1953 and assumed a position at PAFA in 1957, teaching there until his death in 1994. He had enduring relationships with his students and colleagues, who noted his warmth and breadth of knowledge about the history of art. He is also remembered for the gourmet meals he prepared for friends and his passion for opera.