Memorial service for Stanford President Emeritus Richard W. Lyman to be held Oct. 2

Lyman, who was known for his unswerving belief in academic freedom and for guiding the university through some of the most turbulent years in its history, died in May.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2, in Stanford Memorial Church for Stanford University President Emeritus Richard W. Lyman.

Robert C. Gregg, a longtime friend of Lyman and a former dean of Memorial Church, will be one of the people presiding at the service. Gregg is a professor emeritus of religious studies at Stanford.

Following the service, a reception will be held from 4-6 p.m. at the Faculty Club.

Both the memorial service and the reception are open to all.

Lyman, who served as president from 1970 to 1980, held many posts during the 25 years he spent at Stanford: history professor, associate dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences, provost, president and founder and director of the center now known as the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.

Lyman's legacy at Stanford was largely shaped by his three years as provost and the early years of his presidency, a time he recounted in Stanford in Turmoil: Campus Unrest, 1966-1972, which was published by Stanford University Press in 2009.

Lyman died May 27 of congestive heart failure at Channing House in Palo Alto.

He was 88.