Memorial for Stanford President Emeritus Richard Lyman set for October 2

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Memorial for Stanford President Emeritus Richard Lyman set for October 2

by Clayman Institute on Thursday, May 31, 2012 - 9:48am

Richard Lyman

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2, in Stanford Memorial Church for Stanford University President Emeritus Richard W. Lyman.

Robert C. Gregg, a longtime friend of Lyman and a former dean of Memorial Church, will be one of the people presiding at the service. Gregg is a professor emeritus of religious studies at Stanford.

Following the service, a reception will be held from 4-6 p.m. at the Faculty Club. Both the memorial service and the reception are open to all. Read more from The Stanford Report.  

The following is the Clayman Institute tribute to the essential support that President Lyman gave our organization over many years, beginning with its founding in 1974.


We are saddened by the loss of Richard Lyman, Former Stanford President and Provost who died, Sunday May 27.

"Dick Lyman was a man of great strength, integrity, common sense and good humor," said Stanford President John Hennessy. "It was a privilege to know him, and I am deeply saddened by his death. His impact on Stanford was profound.  He guided the university through some of the most turbulent years in its history, and under his leadership, Stanford not only survived, it flourished...He had an unswerving belief in academic freedom and universities, and he inspired that commitment in others. We are very fortunate – and certainly the better – for having known him and for having his courageous, committed leadership and service to Stanford."

Lyman described himself as a lifelong feminist and he and his wife Jing were in large part responsible for the funding of the Center for Research on Women in 1974. The center, now known as the Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford, honors Richard and Jing Lyman with a yearly "Jing Lyman Lecture" inviting women and men whose work has contributed significantly to gender equality and to building a society where both women and men flourish.  As Faculty Director Shelley Correll remarked: "Jing (and Richard were) early leaders on gender issues on campus. Naming the new lecture series after (them) thus serves to recognize their contributions.”

In lieu of flowers, the Lyman family requests that memorial donations be made in his name to the American Friends Service Committee or the Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford.

Please visit the Stanford Report for a detailed obituary by Kathleen Sullivan.