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Lyman Field, American Lawyer. Bar: Missouri 1939. Decorated Bronze Star medal; recipient Missouri Arts award, 1989.


Field, Lyman was born on October 6, 1914 in Kansas City, Missouri, United States. Son of Russell and Gertrude (Brown) Field.


University of Kansas (Bachelor of Arts, 1936). Harvard University (Bachelor of Laws, 1939).


Worked at Field, Gentry & Benjamin, P.C. (Kansas City, Missouri) specializing in Trial and Appellate Practice in all State and Federal Courts. Insurance and Corporate Law. Admitted to the bar, 1939, Missouri.

Phi Delta Phi. Member: Kansas City Metropolitan and American Bar Associations. The Missouri Bar; Lawyers Association of Kansas City. American Judicature Society.

Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers. Field, Gentry & Benjamin, P.C. founded in 1921, specializes in the practice of civil litigation. The firm represents plaintiffs and defendants at the trial and appellate levels in the federal and state courts of both Missouri and Kansas.

The firm acts as regional counsel to many clients and is recognized as approved counsel for several insurance carriers and corporations. Additional areas of specialization include personal injury litigation, product liability litigation, corporate law, workers' compensation and condemnation. Field, Gentry & Benjamin, P.C. is known for providing quality and cost effective litigation services to its clients.

We pride ourselves in our outstanding attorneys and legal staff that treat each client as unique and deserving of personal attention and quality legal services.


  • Bar: Missouri 1939.


Founding board directors Greater Kansas City Mental Health Foundation, 1950-1958. President Council Social Agencies, Kansas City, Missouri, 1951-1955. General chairman Citizens Regional Planning Council of Greater Kansas City, 1949-1953.

Chairman Mayor's Municipal Services Commission, 1951-1953. President Board Police Commissioners, Kansas City, Missouri, 1957-1961. Member Missouri State Council on Arts, 1965-1975, chairman, 1966-1973.

Chairman North America Assembly State and Provincial Art Agencies, 1968-1970. Co-chairman Midwest Regional Assembly on Future of Performing Arts, 1979. Participant 46th American Assembly on Art Museum, Arden House, New York, 67th American Assembly on Arts and Public Policy, Arden House.

Member Missouri Humanities Council, 1996-1999. Member and chairman Thomas Hart Benton Homestead Memorial Advisory Commission Missouri, 1975-1999. Trustee Thomas Hart Benton and Rita P. Benton testamentary trusts.

Trustee, vice president Kansas City Philharmonic Orchestra Association, 1961-1971. Trustee Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York City, Conservatory of Music of Kansas. City; board directors Cross Foundation, Kansas City Society Western Art, Mid-American Arts Alliance, Missouri Institute for Justice, Missouri Repertory Theater.

Member advisory committee Cockefair Chair of Continuing Education, University Missouri, Kansas City. Trustee, board directors Kansas City Art Institute, 1969-1974. Member Society of Fellows, Nelson-Atkins Art Museum, The University Associates of University Missouri-Kansas City, advisory board Spencer Museum Art, University Kansas.

Served from private to major United States Marine Corps Reserve, 1942-1946, PTO. Fellow American College Trial Lawyers. Member American Bar Association, Missouri Bar Association, Kansas City Bar Association, American Judicature Society, International Association Insurance Counsel, Lawyers Association Kansas City, Kansas City Country Club, University Club, Carriage Club, River Club, Beta Theta Pi.


1 daughter by previous marriage, Kathleen. Married Jo Ann Straube, April 10, 1965. 1 daughter, Jennifer Annual.

Russell Field

Gertrude (Brown) Field

Jo Ann Straube