May 3, 2021
May 3, 2021
Sadly, the world lost a splendid man and a wonderful friend of nuclear late last week. Pete Lyons, former NRC commissioner, long-time energy staffer to U.S. Senator Pete Domenici, Los Alamos lab scientist, senior leader in DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy, and friend to many, died after a long battle with cancer.
Pete gave it his all, which was substantial. His record of accomplishments, service and leadership in the field of nuclear and public policy was surpassed by very few. Those who knew Pete cherished his friendship and sought his advice. His character led to a solid reputation as not only one who could be trusted, but one whose keen mind, and sound work ethic would lead to sound results in matters he tackled.
In 2015 Pete was the recipient of the USNIC Lifetime Achievement Award, and a recipient of the American Nuclear Society’s Henry DeWolf Smyth Nuclear Statesman Award in 2016. Moreover, he was recognized by ANS with the Dwight D. Eisenhower Medal for his contributions internationally to the field of nuclear science.
Pete’s list of accomplishments is long, and he can never be fully lauded for all he did both for America generally and for nuclear in particular. It is fair to say, however,that his legacy of great achievement will extend far beyond his too-short lifetime.
Well done, Pete. You are already missed.