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In memoriam: John S. Lyons


John S. Lyons, 67, of Oxford, assistant professor of economics at Miami University, died following a short illness, Sunday, Oct. 30.

Lyons taught at Miami University for the last 26 years and also lectured at several universities in the U.S., Europe and Canada. He was a student of economic history and co-edited “Reflections on the Cliometrics Revolution: Conversations with Economic Historians” published in 2008, and many other scholarly articles.

He was a member of numerous economic history organizations including American Economic Association, Economic History Association (US), Economic History Society (UK), European Historical Economics Society and Society for the History of Technology.

“John was a dedicated member of the department, a source of much insight, and a kind man. We will miss him very much,” said George Davis, chair of economics.

Lyons received a bachelor’s degree in physics from Harvard University in 1966 and a doctorate in economics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1977. He served in the U.S. Peace Corps as a cooperative aide to the government of Kenya from 1966-1968.

He is survived by his long-time companion, Diana McGreevy; his mother, Anne of Feura Bush; sisters Cynthia (Colwell) and Susanne (Falzo); brothers Robert, Richard, Thomas, Kenneth and Clifford; and nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Interment will be private in Albany, N.Y., Lyons’ hometown. A memorial will be held in the spring.


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