Dr. Richard Lyman joined Stanford University in 1958 and held positions as professor of history, associate dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences, and vice president and provost before serving as university president from 1970 to 1980. He was 46 when he became the university’s seventh president.
From 1980 to 1988, he was president of the Rockefeller Foundation, and from 1988 to his retirement in 1991, he was director of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.
Dr. Lyman attended Hamden Hall and graduated in 1940, just three years after the school conducted its first commencement exercises in 1937. From there he entered Swarthmore College near Philadelphia. He was drafted in 1943 and served in the Army Air Forces Weather Service for three years, returning to Swarthmore in 1946. He also met his wife, Jing, during this time and the couple married in 1947. That same year, Lyman began his graduate studies in history at Harvard University.
The couple raised four children and later had four grandchildren.
Dr. Lyman was honored by Hamden Hall in 2011 with an Alumni Achievement Award. He died May 27, 2012, of congestive heart failure at Channing House in Palo Alto. He was 88.
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