Peyton Lyon
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LYON, Peyton Vaughan Professor Emeritus Carleton University Peacefully, on March 24 in Ottawa. Born on October 2, 1921, in Winnipeg to parents Herbert Redmond Lyon and Fredrica Iveagh Lee. He was a caring and much loved elder brother to twin sister Kathleen Lewis, Geoffrey, Vivienne Frampton, Fredrica Bolton (Floyd), and Vaughan (Nonie). His first wife and mother of his children, Frances Hazleton, died in 1981. He is survived by his wife, Ruth Thompson, and his loving children Russell (Janice Payne), Lee (Nancy Fischer), and Barbara. He spoke with great pride of the accomplishments of step-grandson Jeremy Taylor and granddaughters Amelia and Jessie Lyon. Peyton had chosen to leave high school early, to help support his family, when the war intervened. During WW2 he served in the RCAF as navigator in Wellington bombers (Wimpys) stationed in Sierra Leone. Later, at the University of Manitoba, he was a keen member of the debating team and President of the Student Union. He was particularly proud of his success as an all-Manitoba middle distance runner, despite an unusual gait due to the effects of a childhood fever. Awarded a Rhodes Scholarship, he took Frances and Russell to Oxford where he made many lifelong friends. Peyton joined the Canadian diplomatic corps for a posting to Bonn, Germany in 1954. This experience was to shape his future interests as a teacher first at the University of Western Ontario and then at Carleton, where he served for a term as Chairman of the Department of Political Science. Peyton was a remarkably committed and productive academic. He was an excellent teacher and devoted to his students. His commitment to Canada took him far beyond the "ivory tower". All his life he engaged with passion and intelligence in the public debates of the time, supporting and contesting popular positions as his convictions dictated. He became a noted expert on Canadian foreign policy, with an emphasis on Europe and NATO. Author of several books and numerous publications, he was sought after as a media commentator. Peyton maintained a large and varied circle of contacts in diplomatic and political circles, and he was a friend and mentor to many. Later in life he became an ardent advocate for Palestinian justice in the Middle East. He was an inveterate writer of letters to the editor. Peyton shared, with his twin Kay, an absorbing interest in, and lifelong connection with, a large extended family. He loved modern art and opera, despite possessing what he called a 'tin ear'. A notoriously absent-minded driver, he often claimed with pride never to have had an accident 'going forwards'. Peyton enjoyed his companions and loving care for six years at the Colonel By Residence. His family would like to express their gratitude to the staff at the Ottawa Hospital for their kind and compassionate care during his last week. A memorial gathering will be held at First Unitarian Church, 30 Cleary Ave. on Saturday, April 23 at 2 pm. Reception to follow. Donations in his memory may be made to Canadian-Palestinian Education Exchange at or the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health.

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Published in Ottawa Citizen on Mar. 31, 2011.
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April 2, 2011
I will miss him, I will enjoy the memories I have of him. I send my prayers to his loved ones.
Jeanetta Moniz
April 1, 2011
Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.
Bessat-Erreeh Magazine
March 31, 2011
I just learned of Perton's death today when an Ottawa friend forwarded the obit. The last timne i saw peyton, I knew he was becoming more fragile, but his spirit was still strong, as was his interest in those around him, and in public affairs. He and i did not see eye to eye on many matters, but that never stopped us from engaging in energetic discussion and debate. I first knew of Peyton as a "Big Man on Campus", and a veteran to boot, while I and my husband to be, Murray Smith, were undergraduates at the University of Manitoba. Later when Murray went to Oxford, with me following a year later, Peyton's and Fran's home was a home away from home for both of us. I can remember my first ecpereinces babysitting, and cradling Lee while he gazed in fascination at the fire. They hosted our wedding reception in their flat. None of our parents were able to cross the Atlantic at that time, so Peyton and Fran were definitley stand-in parents. It was also through them that I found an Oxford job at Miss Franklin's nursery school. After returning to Canada, we kept in touch through the years and occasionally saw them in person. Two of our girls and Peyton's son, Lee, also shared their devotion to Siddha Yoga and to music making. He was a good friend and we will miss him.
Muriel Smith and family
Muriel Smith
March 31, 2011
I knew Mr.Lyon when he lived in Appleton. He was a kind neighbour and a very intelligent gentleman. My sympathies to all concerned.
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