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In Memoriam: Carl D. Lyons

The officers and staff of the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP) are deeply saddened at the passing of the Society’s Past President Carl D. Lyons, May 18, 2002.

Lyons was a longtime, active member of ASHP, serving as President from 1977 to 1978. He also served as chair of the ASHP House of Delegates from 1979 to 1982.

"Carl Lyons will be missed greatly in ASHP. He was a man of remarkable wisdom, character, and charm who loved his profession deeply and contributed unselfishly to nurturing its success," said Henri R. Manasse, Jr., Ph.D., Sc.D., executive vice president and CEO of ASHP. "ASHP officers and staff turned to him often when we needed that unique blend of pharmacy knowledge, diplomacy, and political insight that Carl possessed. Our deepest sympathy to Carl’s wife Joyce, his two daughters Cindy and Linda, and all the many others who were close to him."

Lyons was a graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy. He was the chief pharmacist at the St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa and was the administrator and governing officer of the Skyline Terrace Nursing Center, also in Tulsa. At the time of his death, Lyons was the assistant dean for Outreach Communications at the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy.

Lyons was an active participant in local, national, and international pharmacy issues. During his career he served as president of the Oklahoma Society of Health-System Pharmacists, the Oklahoma Pharmacists Association, and four terms as president of the Oklahoma Board of Pharmacy. As vice president and president of the Hospital Pharmacy Section of the Federation Internationale Pharmaceutique (FIP), Lyons helped establish relationships between U.S. pharmacists and the international community. He headed several committees of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), including the NABP Task Force in Compliance and Intervention.

In 1996, Lyons became only the fifth person to receive the Donald E. Francke Medal, ASHP's premier award for contributions to international pharmacy. He was the recipient of numerous other awards, including the Oklahoma Hospital Pharmacist of the Year from the Oklahoma Society of Health-System Pharmacists, the Ralph D. Bienfang Outstanding Practitioner Award from the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy, and the NABP Distinguished Service Award. Lyons was inducted into the Oklahoma Pharmacy Heritage Foundation’s Hall of Fame in 1998.