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Jing Lyman, activist and wife of former Stanford president, dies at 88

Original post made on Nov 25, 2013

Elizabeth "Jing" Lyman, the "first lady" of Stanford University from 1970 to 1980 and an activist in her own right, died Thursday, Nov. 21, at Channing House in Palo Alto after a two-and-a-half year illness. She was 88.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, November 22, 2013, 5:02 PM

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Posted by Henrietta J. Burroughs
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Nov 25, 2013 at 10:52 am

It is so sad to hear that Jing Lyman has died. Through her participation in activities to benefit others, she really practiced the idea, that is attributed to her, about belonging to something bigger than one's self. If what she said is true: "It's participation in something bigger than self that we find self," then she found herself many times over and she came face to face with someone who epitomized the best.


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Posted by Nora Charles
a resident of Stanford
on Nov 25, 2013 at 3:46 pm

What a life beautifully lived! I wish I'd known her.


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Posted by Joy and Herb Kaiser
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 26, 2013 at 9:18 am

The Palo Alto Weekly's obituary conveys a true picture of the Jing Lyman we have known since student days at Swarthmore. Jing was so much and more--a dynamo:fairness and social justice with no boundaries. And almost always with a smile. That was Jing! "Ms. Voluntarism". She knit her way across air-miles and air-miles en route to Board meetings or for site visits and through hours and hours of Board discussions -- and always had the relevant comment or insight. In 1985 when we wanted to start a non-profit to support black South Africans in health care training(MESAB, Jing gave us invaluble advice how to proceed -- and opened doors to potential support.

The world is poorer without Jing.




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Posted by Pat Krackov
a resident of The Greenhouse
on Nov 26, 2013 at 9:22 am

I had the privilege of participating with Jing in the Women of Silicon Valley Donor Circle. She always asked the "hard" questions, and made the rest of us think. She was patient and inclusive, and yes, she was always knitting.

She was quite a woman. What a loss to know she is gone.


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Posted by Edith Eddy
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 27, 2013 at 7:09 pm

As fellow Swarthmore "Quaker Matchbox" couples, Jing and Dick welcomed my husband Jeb and me to Stanford and Palo Alto when we first arrived in 1971. Over the years Jing was friend, mentor, cheerleader and model, and I will be forever grateful for her generous spirit, her enthusiasm and courage, and her abiding interest in other people and their causes. She loved life, fought fiercely for women and girls, and added value to every organization she worked for.


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