John G. Lyons, Jr. ’47 died on June 17, 2016, in Annapolis, Maryland.
(The following was published in The Capital Gazette, August 6, 2016:)
Dr. John G. Lyons, Jr. (Jack), age 89, died June 17, 2016 at LaCasa as he endured the symptoms of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease. Born in Hartford, CT, his family then moved to Portland, ME. He attended Princeton University and graduated from Bowdoin College in 1947. Jack graduated from John Hopkins School of Medicine in 1951 followed by residency training in surgery and anesthesiology. He was a Diplomate with the American Board of Anesthesiology and a Fellow with the American College of Anesthesiology. He also served with the U.S. Navy in WW II. Jack established the Department of Anesthesia at Annapolis General Hospital, now Anne Arundel Medical Center and was Chairman for 25 years. He was a member of AA County and MD Medical Societies, member and first President of the MD, DC Society of Anesthesiologists and the American Society of Anesthesiologists, member and past President of the Annapolitan Club where he was known as a “viscious” gin rummy player. On July 1, 1986 Dr. Lyons retired from anesthesia practice. He was then asked to assist in the development of the new out-patient surgery center, the first building on the current hospital site. After full retirement, Jack spent winters in Florida, fishing and playing golf with his friends. His daughters and grandchildren would look forward to their annual vacations with “Pop-Pop” as we made the treck to Florida. Jack is survived by Anne P. Sims (mother of their 3 children). Daughters: Lisa Lyons (Michael), Missy Griffin (Ray), Kathy Brower (Bryan), 3 grandchildren Staff Sgt. Reid Lyons Griffin (Stephanie), Colin Pillsbury Griffin and Alexandra Lyons Stainton, one great-grandaughter Abigail Griffin and his sister Charlotte Lynch. Jack was dearly loved by his family and so many in our community.