George Cuhaj submitted these thoughts on the passing of former American Numismatic Association Governor Greg Lyon. Thank you.
Greg Lyon grew up in Jackson Heights, Queens, NY and attended Hunter College High School and later Washington University in St. Louis, where he would eventually reside with his partner Patrick Mooney.
I met him as a scout first, as our respective troops were in the same district and we attended camporees together. He was a staff member in the nature lodge in 1987 in Camp Aquehonga, Ten Mile River Scout Camps, Greater New York Council.
I gained a numismatic friendship with him when he started to attend the YN programs offered at most of the NYC shows of the mid 1980s; eventually I would select him to be a youth staff member at the 1989 National Scout Jamboree Merit Badge Midway Coin Collecting display / information booth sponsored by the ANA.
That was the same summer when he was selected as the ANA's Outstanding Young Numismatist.
About the same time he was attending ANA Summer Seminars as a YN and making several long-term friendships in the hobby. As a young adult he served as a YN chaperone at ANA Summer Seminar for several summers, again growing relationships and the admiration of many of the participants.
In more recent years he served as an elected member of the Board of Governors and was currently serving as parliamentarian to the board.
He liked his dogs and volunteered at a shelter. As a computer wiz he enjoyed booking multi-leg flights to roll in the points and take "commercial last flights" of retiring aircraft.
In recent years he suffered from depression and alcoholism, and had a recent relapse.
He had a very serious fall in his house causing serious brain and other injuries and after a seventeen day stay in the ICU at St. Louis University Hospital, died July 3rd, and was able to be an organ donor. Patrick has received reports as to which organs went where and how many people they are helping.
A memorial is in the planning stages.
The above photo is from the October 2019 Numismatist, showing the 2019-21 ANA Board of Governors. From left: Mike Ellis, Muriel Eymery, Mary Lynn Garrett, Greg Lyon, Clifford Mishler, Paul Montgomery and Shanna Schmidt.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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