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Robert Louis Lyon

performing arts critic , author

Robert Louis Lyon, American performing arts critic, author. Recipient plaque Committee on Heraldry, New England History Genealogical Society, 1984. Member Society Mayflower Descendants, Society Old Plymouth Colony Descendants, Order of Lafayette, Sigma Tau Delta.


Lyon, Robert Louis was born on October 28, 1906 in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Louis Augustus and Helen Theodosia (Ives) Lyon.


Bachelor of Arts, Bucknell University, 1929.


Assistant bureau chief United Press (now United Press International), Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 1929-1931. Executive director Chamber of Commerce, Wellsboro, 1931-1933. News bureau manager, Wellsboro, 1933-1944.

City editor The Leader, Corning, New York, 1944-1951, literary and performing arts critic, 1951-1968. Freelance critic, since 1968.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Who Was Nessmuk?, 1971, Rhythm: Poems and Critical Dance Reviews, 1988, (book-biography) Nessmuk's Whaling Cruise--Harpoons and Hulas, 1841-1844, 1987, Nessmuk, A Definitive Biography, 1990, Nessmuk The Unknown Years, 1994, (poetry) Stranger Among the Saints, 1995, (with Berenice C. Lyon) Echoes from the Stage (Which Influenced a Generation), 1994, The Ballad of the Phantom of the Canyon Coun-ter-ee, 1994, Idyls for the Merry of Heart, 1994. Editor: The Little Red Schoolhouse, 1962. Contributing author New Voices in American Poetry, Heraldic-Genealogical Almanac, 1989.Contributor articles of arts criticism. President, play director Theatre Guild, Wellsboro, 1936-1938. Board directors American Red Cross, Tioga County, Pennsylvania, 1941-1944, War Price and Rationing Board, Tioga County, 1941-1944, War Salvage Board, Tioga County, 1943-1944, Corning Summer Theatre, 1951-1953.President, play director Workshop Players, Corning, 1951-1955. Co-president, board directors Civic Music Association, Corning, 1951-1968. Board directors Philharmonic Society, Corning, 1951-1968, Art Film Society, Corning, 1954-1968.Director-at-large New York State Theatre Festival, 1957-1968. National board directors United Congressional Appeal, since 1968. National consultant Sons of the American Revolution, 1967-1969.


Loving God went to supernatural lengths—by sending His Son to die—to provide everyone an opportunity to escape the fires of Hell and spend eternity in Heaven.


The belief in religious freedom and its corollary, the separation of the institutions of church and state, come from the commitment to the authority of the Bible.


The supportive small group inside the Church is the most powerful tool for people to feel that they belong and to learn and grow.


Member Society Mayflower Descendants, Society Old Plymouth Colony Descendants, Order of Lafayette, Sigma Tau Delta.


  • Other Interests

    Music and art work, traveling.


Married Berenice Iola Clark, May 28, 1944.

Louis Augustus Lyon

Helen Theodosia (Ives) Lyon

Berenice Iola Clark