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Elizabeth Lyman, former Stanford first lady dead at 88


Courtesy of Linda A. Cicero
Courtesy of Linda A. Cicero

DAILY NEWS BRIEF: Elizabeth “Jing” Lyman, widow of former Stanford President Richard W. Lyman, died on Thursday Nov. 21 at age 88 at Channing House in Palo Alto after suffering from an illness for 2 ½ years.

Lyman was instrumental in creating the University’s Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research, established in 1974. The former “first lady” arrived at Stanford with her husband and children in 1958 and since then worked for a variety of volunteer causes—including discriminatory housing practices, philanthropic funding aimed at helping women and girls nationwide.

Lyman requested that donations be made in her name to the Enterprise Community Partners, an affordable housing advocacy organization, or to the Clayman Institute.

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