RCI’s founder, Robert “Bob” Lyons passed away March 16, 2016. It was Lyons’ vision, dedication and drive that brought RCI into existence. RCI was founded in 1983 by Lyons after spending three years of forging his concept into reality. From that initial charter membership of 30, the association has grown to more than 3,000 members today.
We have been informed by his family that in keeping with Lyons’ wishes, there will be no funeral service. Lyons’ wife, Norma, shared that a memorial service will be held in the future, but currently no date has been set. Those members wishing to email Norma may contact RCI for additional information.
As those who attended the recent RCI convention are aware, RCI declared Sunday, March 13 to be Robert Lyons Day to honor Lyons. During the awards ceremony, several members recounted the influence that Lyons had over their careers. Following their comments, Lyons was awarded the RCI Lifetime Achievement Award. As Lyons was not in attendance, his son Jason accepted the award on his behalf and spoke a few words about his father. We understand that prior to his passing, Jason was able to convey what had transpired at the convention and shared that Lyons acknowledged his understanding with a smile.
Lyons’ family also suggested that those who would like to consider a gift of remembrance are encouraged to do so through the RCI Foundation. The foundation recently established the Robert Lyons Scholarship to aid college students in the engineering, architecture and construction science fields of study.