Houston Treasure for 2005
Photo by: Gittings
Lifelong Houstonian Joan Lyons is the widow of John Elton Lyons, who died in 1980. Joan is a graduate of the Kinkaid School and attended the University of Texas and the University of Houston. She is a lifetime member and lifetime director of the Houston Livestock Show Rodeo, past chairman of its Ladies Box Seat Committee, member of the International Committee, and past president of the L.O.R.S. For eight years she was President of the “Baylor Ten” (now the Baylor Partnership) of Baylor College of Medicine. She has served on the boards of the Huffington Center on Aging of Baylor College of Medicine, the Hermann Eye Fund of the University of Texas Health Science Center, Trees of Hope (an affiliate of the Star of Hope), and the Institute for Research and Reproductive Medicine. She is a member of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, The TIRR Foundation, The American Heart Association, the Prevention of Blindness Foundation, the School for the Deaf, March of Dimes, The Junior League of Houston, Memorial Chapter of the Houston Delta Gamma Foundation, and numerous other organizations.
Joan is a patron of the Houston Grand Opera, a charter and supporting member of the Museum of Fine Arts, a colleague of the Houston Textiles and Costume Institute. She is a patron member of the Houston Symphony, Ambassador of the Houston Ballet, supporting member of the Museum of Natural Science, supporting member of the Museum of the Natural History of New York. She has supported many worthy organizations, including the Houston Zoological Society, NOW, the Heritage Society, and the Kinkaid Alumni Association.
She is devoted to her two children, five grandchildren, and many close friends. Joan is a member of the Church of St. John the Divine (Episcopal) and is a sports enthusiast and card shark.