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Endowment created in College's FCS Foundation

Ila Grey White, chair of the FCS Association's Katherine B. Lyons committee, tells about the efforts to create an endowment in Lyons' honor.
Photo by Becky Kirkland

The Katherine B. Lyons Family and Consumer Sciences Endowment has been created in the N.C. Family and Consumer Sciences Foundation in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, N.C. State University.

The income from the endowment will support research, public affairs, professional growth and development projects within the discipline of family and consumer sciences.

Funded by the North Carolina Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (formerly the Home Economics Association), the endowment honors Katherine B. "Kitty" Lyons. Lyons was executive secretary of the association from 1977 to 1987, after she retired as a home economics consultant with the state Department of Public Instruction. The endowment agreement commemorates her "untiring efforts, selfless commitment and ardent dedication to her belief that 'the greatest joy in life is to return more than you receive.'"

Dean Johnny Wynne presided at the May 18 signing ceremonies at the University Club at N.C. State. Lyons, 93, is a resident of Raleigh's Mayview nursing home. Her son Jim represented her at the event.

Among those in attendance were Dr. Sandy Zaslow, department head and state program leader of Family and Consumer Sciences; Deborah Howard, president of the N.C. Association of Family and Consumer Sciences; and Ila Grey White, chair of the FCS Association's Katherine B. Lyons committee.

"For years the Home Economics Association had a vision that there would be an endowment, which would be a source of funds for special projects and research to promote the objectives of the association. In 1986, the Katherine B. Lyons fund was created," said White. "The 1980s vision for an endowment has finally become a reality."

- Terri Leith