Guy C. Lyman, Jr., born in New Orleans on October 25, 1932, passed away at his Tennessee home on November 24, 2009, surrounded by his devoted wife of 53 years, Marjory Manget Lyman, his five children: Eugenie, Guy III, Kim, Chris and Kevin; and his faithful dog Luke. He is survived by sixteen grandchildren, his brother Lt. Col. Jim Lyman (Ret.) and cousins Walker Lyman and Toddy Hartt. Lawyer, bon vivant, conservationist, mentor, friend and loving family man, Guy was one of the neatest.
He attended Tulane University on a scholarship, where he received his BA and graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1954 after three years. He married in 1956, served in the Navy and then returned to Tulane Law School, where he received his LLB in 1958. During law school, he served as a member of the Board of Editors of the Tulane Law Review and received the Order of the Coif. He was a member of the American Bar Association and the Louisiana State Bar Association, serving as Chairman of the Corporate and Business law Section from 1975-76. He was a partner of Milling, Benson Woodward law firm, where he was elected to serve as managing partner for many years. He was selected by Best Lawyers in America as one of Louisiana’s top 100 lawyers during his career of over 50 years. He was a member of the Boston Club and the Pickwick Club and an honorary lifetime member of the Louisiana Club. He participated in several carnival organizations. His extended family has lost a father who was always there to protect and guide them. To his children, he was practically superhuman. He was called by more than one person “a giant of a man.” Untold numbers of friends and acquaintances have lost a mentor whose life and works illustrated the very best of integrity, intellect, humor, loyalty and a determination to do everything in a way that was right and fair. He was a thinker of profound insight, and a wordsmith of astounding clarity. His humor was ever-present and he possessed an uncanny knack for giving nicknames with incredible staying power.
He succeeded in virtually every endeavor he attempted, but even in adversarial situations, he never made an enemy. He died at Serendipity, his special place on The Mountain, named after a word coined by Horace Walpole in 1757 to describe “the gift of discovery by accident and sagacity of things . . . not in quest of.” He was a successful man, in the true sense of the word.
A memorial service will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church at 1329 Jackson Avenue on Monday, November 30, at 12:30. There will be a visitation in the sanctuary from 11:00 to 12:30. A private burial service at Metairie Cemetery will be held following the memorial services. Funeral arrangements are being made by Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home. You may sign the guest book, convey condolences or record memories for the family at www.lakelawnmetairie.com. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Sewanee-University of the South, Thompson Union, 735 University Ave., Sewanee, TN 37383; Friends of South Cumberland Park, P.O. Box 2705, Hendersonville, TN 37077; or the charity of your choice.