Lyons receives WWU Alumni Award of Distinction

Patti Lyons of
Honolulu, Hawaii received the Alumni Award of Distinction during William Woods
University’s Alumni Weekend. The award was created in
1952 to honor a graduate who has achieved national or international fame in his
or her chosen field.

Lyons graduated from
William Woods with an Associate of Arts degree in 1954. She earned a master’s
degree in social work from Indiana University in 1961 and has been actively
involved in her field since—completely devoted to improving children’s lives.
Lyons and her family moved to
Hawaii in 1965, and she began a 23-year career working for Child and Family
Services. She was promoted to executive director of Child and Family Services
in 1980 and named president and CEO in 1985.
In 1987, Lyons started work
in the Philippines to evaluate an adoption program for Filipino children
managed by Child and Family Services. She also helped establish a shelter for
street children.
left Child and Family Services in 1990, but continued to help innocent children
as president and CEO of the Consuelo Zobel Alger Foundation. She retired in
2006, but was unable to put aside her passion for helping children and continues
to serve as a board member.