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    1. [LDR] Re: Sad News
    2. So sad.  He was such a great and generous person. Elizabeth In a message dated 10/26/2018 11:56:30 PM Eastern Standard Time, [email protected] writes: I am very sorry to inform this group of the death last week of one of itslongtime members and contributors, John C. Lyon. John has been sufferingfrom COPD following a heart attack that he had several years ago and hishealth has been gradually declining, He died at his home last Mondaymorning, two days short of his 74th birthday. I first met John about 20 years ago at the Maryland Archives where we bothwere pursuing research interests in Delmarva genealogy and history. I wasprivileged to enjoy a longtime friendship with him since then with manypleasant moments, something for which I am very grateful. John was a specialperson with an incisive mind and encyclopedic knowledge on an amazingspectrum of topics, but more than that he was an instinctively generousperson and gave freely of his time to anyone seeking advice on genealogy andother topics. He became a respected fixture at the Archives, both to thepatrons and the staff,  back in the early 2000's when was there almost dailyon his research. John had a long career at NASA which began with Apollo (he was a part of themission control team when Apollo 11 landed) and where he specialized inearth resources data systems and became a Program Manager in the LAND SATprogram. He brought his technical expertise to his Delmarva research andtook on a monumental self-directed task of assembling a database of all thecolonial land tracts across lower Delmarva. You can get a glimpse of this athttp://mdgenweb.com/somerset/lyonmaps/index.html Keep in mind that thedatabase is a lot more sophisticated and extensive than these illustrationsshow. John intended to make this database available to the public but thathas not been finalized. I expect many of you have had some interactions with John. If so you willknow what a remarkable person he was and that this is a big loss to ourcommunity. I will certainly miss him as a personal friend. John Polk Havre de Grace _______________________________________________***************************************QUESTIONS about POSTING GUIDELINES, SUBSCRIBING or UNSUBSCRIBING?Visit The Lower DelMarVa Roots Mailing List FAQ:http://www.tyaskin.com/handley/ldrfaq.htm_______________________________________________Email preferences: http://bit.ly/rootswebprefUnsubscribe https://lists.rootsweb.com/postorius/lists/[email protected] Statement: https://ancstry.me/2JWBOdY Terms and Conditions: https://ancstry.me/2HDBym9Rootsweb Blog: http://rootsweb.blogRootsWeb is funded and supported by Ancestry.com and our loyal RootsWeb community

    10/27/2018 03:50:01
    1. [LDR] Re: Sad News
    2. Bruce
    3. I also am very sorry to hear of the death of John Lyon.  I also met John at the Archives in Annapolis.  I lived in Maine but had family in Maryland where I was born and raised.  Whenever I visited my family in Maryland, I would spend virtually every day at the Archives researching my family history which was in Kent and Queen Anne's counties.  Every time I went to the Archives, I encountered John there.  We talked and had lunch together.  We both were scientists and both of us became very interested in the research of our respective disciplines.  I was fascinated with his computer mapping skills and his incredible ability to catalog and map all the land records of the Southern Shore.  And he seemed fascinated to hear my stories of my research in molecular biology and molecular genetics.  During our many lunches and other conversations, John told me a lot about his career at NASA but I did not know that his career was so important. It has been many years since I have been back to the Maryland Archives in Annapolis and those days with John.  But I remember those days with fond memories.  When I got this message today, I was very sad.  But, when I asked my wife if she remembered me talking about John Lyon whom I always met at the Archives, she replied "Wasn't that the "map guy"?...Yes, how could I forget since you talked about him all the time back then". Yes, John Lyon was a remarkable person and his death is a huge loss to the people of the Eastern Shore and its history! Bruce Bruce L. Nicholson, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus Department of Molecular and Biomedical Sciences University of Maine Orono, Maine Retired and now living in sunny Gold Canyon, Arizona Personal family history web site: www.brucenicholson.net <http://www.brucenicholson.net> On 10/27/2018 2:50 AM, Elizabeth Smith via LOWER-DELMARVA-ROOTS wrote: > So sad.  He was such a great and generous person. > Elizabeth > In a message dated 10/26/2018 11:56:30 PM Eastern Standard Time, [email protected] writes: > > I am very sorry to inform this group of the death last week of one of itslongtime members and contributors, John C. Lyon. John has been sufferingfrom COPD following a heart attack that he had several years ago and hishealth has been gradually declining, He died at his home last Mondaymorning, two days short of his 74th birthday. > > > I first met John about 20 years ago at the Maryland Archives where we bothwere pursuing research interests in Delmarva genealogy and history. I wasprivileged to enjoy a longtime friendship with him since then with manypleasant moments, something for which I am very grateful. John was a specialperson with an incisive mind and encyclopedic knowledge on an amazingspectrum of topics, but more than that he was an instinctively generousperson and gave freely of his time to anyone seeking advice on genealogy andother topics. He became a respected fixture at the Archives, both to thepatrons and the staff,  back in the early 2000's when was there almost dailyon his research. > > > John had a long career at NASA which began with Apollo (he was a part of themission control team when Apollo 11 landed) and where he specialized inearth resources data systems and became a Program Manager in the LAND SATprogram. He brought his technical expertise to his Delmarva research andtook on a monumental self-directed task of assembling a database of all thecolonial land tracts across lower Delmarva. You can get a glimpse of this athttp://mdgenweb.com/somerset/lyonmaps/index.html Keep in mind that thedatabase is a lot more sophisticated and extensive than these illustrationsshow. John intended to make this database available to the public but thathas not been finalized. > > > I expect many of you have had some interactions with John. If so you willknow what a remarkable person he was and that this is a big loss to ourcommunity. I will certainly miss him as a personal friend. > > > John Polk > Havre de Grace > > > > _______________________________________________***************************************QUESTIONS about POSTING GUIDELINES, SUBSCRIBING or UNSUBSCRIBING?Visit The Lower DelMarVa Roots Mailing List FAQ:http://www.tyaskin.com/handley/ldrfaq.htm_______________________________________________Email preferences: http://bit.ly/rootswebprefUnsubscribe https://lists.rootsweb.com/postorius/lists/[email protected] Statement: https://ancstry.me/2JWBOdY Terms and Conditions: https://ancstry.me/2HDBym9Rootsweb Blog: http://rootsweb.blogRootsWeb is funded and supported by Ancestry.com and our loyal RootsWeb community > > _______________________________________________ > *************************************** > QUESTIONS about POSTING GUIDELINES, SUBSCRIBING or UNSUBSCRIBING? > Visit The Lower DelMarVa Roots Mailing List FAQ: > http://www.tyaskin.com/handley/ldrfaq.htm > _______________________________________________ > Email preferences: http://bit.ly/rootswebpref > Unsubscribe https://lists.rootsweb.com/postorius/lists/[email protected] > Privacy Statement: https://ancstry.me/2JWBOdY Terms and Conditions: https://ancstry.me/2HDBym9 > Rootsweb Blog: http://rootsweb.blog > RootsWeb is funded and supported by Ancestry.com and our loyal RootsWeb community

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