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Memorable Manitobans: Peyton Vaughan Lyon (1921-2011)

Political scientist, educator.

Born at Winnipeg on 2 October 1921, son of Silas Herbert Redmond Lyon and Fredrica Iveagh Lee (?-?), he attended Kelvin High School and United College until 1940 when he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force and served as a Flight Lieutenant and Observer. Following his military discharge, he entered the University of Manitoba where he was President of the Students’ Union (1947) and, as Vice-President for Western Canada of the University Liberal Federation, attended the 1948 Liberal convention in Ottawa where a successor to Mackenzie King was selected. He was Manitoba’s Rhodes Scholar for 1949 and received a doctoral degree at Oxford. He entered the Foreign Service and served as a diplomat in West Germany before returning to Canada. In 1959, he accepted a professorship in Political Science at the University of Western Ontario, moving in 1965 to Carleton University. He wrote a series of books, book chapters, and articles on Canadian foreign policy and Canada-US relations, especially relating to free trade, Europe, and NATO. In 1943, he married Frances Hazleton (?-1981) with whom he had three children. After retirement in 1987, he wrote a memoir of his wartime experiences entitled How Peyton Won the War. He died at Ottawa, Ontario on 24 March 2011.


“Peyton Lyon,” Winnipeg Free Press, 15 February 1947, page 3.

“Peyton Lyon wins Rhodes scholarship,” Winnipeg Free Press, 29 November 1948, page 3.

Obituary [Herbert Redmond Lyon], Winnipeg Free Press, 24 January 1969, page 31.

Obituary, Ottawa Citizen.

Life and times of a great Canadian: Peyton V. Lyon, 1921-2011” by Douglas G. Anglin, 23 April 2011.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 29 April 2020

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