AAMA Honorary Member Lyon Evans Passes Away
December 20, 2011

Lyon D. Evans of Wausau, Wis., an honorary member of the Architectural Aluminum Manufactures Association (AAMA) of Schaumburg, Ill., passed away on December 8, at the age of 93.

Evans was born October 31, 1918, in New York, and was raised in Forest Hills, N.Y. He attended Stony Brook School and Colgate University, where he graduated in 1940 with a degree in architecture.

More than 65 years ago, Lyon helped form and was the key technical member of the then "new association," the AAMA. In 1957, he joined Hope's windows of Jamestown, N.Y., and worked there until 1975, when he moved to Wausau. He became vice president of design engineering and research with the former Wausau Metals. Wausau Metals is now Wausau Window and Wall Systems.

"I am thankful and privileged to have had the opportunity to work with Lyon during my tenure at Wausau Metals," says Ken Brenden, AAMA technical services manager, in a release. "The library of 'Technical Bulletins' he wrote between 1976 and 1978 served as the foundation blocks for my fenestration education. I respect his contributions to both AAMA and Wausau Metals immensely."

In a recent letter to AAMA, Evans shared his thoughts on AAMA's beginnings and its growth. "Blessed with a continuous input of technical know-how from our flow of new members, I spent some forty plus years (1945-1987) working with AAMA, being continually prodded and encouraged by my employers (well knowing that my success or failure might well effect their bottom line). I sure did love every one of those years…helping to organize, establish and participate in AAMA's many technical committees developing our ever increasing numbers of product certification programs, specifications, standards, test procedures and criteria."

Says Rich Walker, president and CEO of AAMA in the release: "Lyon was inducted as an AAMA Honorary Member on May 2, 1989. His contributions to the association's beginnings and dedication to its success can still be felt today. We are humbled by his foresight and steadfast allegiance to this industry. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, June, and their family during this difficult time."

AAMA plans to honor Lyon's contributions during its upcoming 75th anniversary celebration in February. Click here to read an obituary.

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