George Marshall Lyon, 1916
B.S., Denison University
M.D., Johns Hopkins University
Citation awarded on Saturday, June 4, 1949
A captain in the Medical Corps of the United States Naval Reserve, George Lyon has served as special assistant for Atomic Medicine and chief of Radioisotopes Section in the United States Veterans Administration since 1947. He is responsible for bringing to veterans the peace-time benefits of atomic energy. Throughout his professional life he has been active in pediatric practice and research; school health and post-graduate medical education; medical aspects of chemical, biological, and atomic warfare; radiological safety and radioisotopes in medicine. He received the Bronze Star Medal, the Legion of Merit, and the Gold Star for his work in the North African and Normandy invasions, atomic energy problems, and as “Safety Officer” and special representative of the Surgeon General of the United States Navy for the Bikini atomic bomb tests. He has been recognized as a fellow by the American College of Physicians and American Academy of Pediatrics, and was elected a member of the American Pediatric Society. His other achievements and important activities have been legion.