- The Washington Times - Monday, December 19, 2005

Richard K. Lyon, a D.C. lawyer for more than six decades, who helped lead the city’s fight for self-government, died Dec. 18 at his home in Northwest. He was 93.

Born in 1912, Mr. Lyon graduated as class valedictorian from the old Central High School in 1929. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1933 and received his law degree from Georgetown University, where he was class president, in 1935.

In 1941, Mr. Lyon was commissioned as a lieutenant in the U.S. Naval Reserve and was released from active duty in 1946 as a lieutenant commander.

In the 1960s, he became president of the Washington Home Rule Committee and was a prime mover in the campaign to persuade Congress to grant greater self-determination to the District.

Among his many leadership positions in local professional, civic, charitable and political organizations, Mr. Lyon served as president of the Jewish Community Council of Greater Washington; first vice president of the D.C. Bar Association and vice chairman of the D.C. Democratic Central Committee.

He also was general counsel to the Better Business Bureau of Washington, D.C., for 45 years.

Mr. Lyon represented the Jewish faith at President Johnson’s candlelight service after President Kennedy’s assassination and was a board member or vice president of many Jewish organizations.

Mr. Lyon’s first wife, Marjorie Hausman Lyon, died in 1955. He and his second wife, Dorothy W. Lyon, were antiques dealers for many years.

Survivors of Mr. Lyon include his wife and sons Simon M. Lyon of Cincinnati, Richard H. Lyon of New York and Jon W. Lyon of the District; daughters Barbara W. Cooper and Patricia W. Coll, both of McLean, and eight grandchildren.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Washington Hebrew Congregation, 3935 Macomb Street NW.

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