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In Memoriam: June 2013

Published: June 17, 2013

M. Joan Lyon, 84, a long-time instructor at CSULB, passed away on May 10.

Born in Hollywood, to William A. Lyon and Mary Celestine Lyon, she graduated as valedictorian in 1947 from Hollywood High School. She went on to earn her AB in 1951 and MB in 1952, both from Stanford University. She then received her Ph.D from USC.

Lyon taught for five years at Whittier High School and one year at UCLA, before spending the next 34 years at CSULB teaching kinesiology, exercise physiology and sports biomechanics, along with coaching tennis and swimming as well as co-authoring the book The Female Athlete.

True to her nature of loving and living life to the fullest, Lyon was an accomplished sailor, skier, motorcyclist and bicyclist. She served as commodore of Marina Yacht Club of Long Beach in 2005 and was a member of The American Legion Yacht Club, Women’s Sailing Association of LB/L.A. and Horizon Yacht Club. On her beloved sailboat, Sunshine, she sailed the California coast from San Diego to Santa Barbara in the summers, and skied Mammoth and other areas in the winter, enjoying friends everywhere.