David G. Lyon, professor emeritus of Hebrew and other Oriental languages since 1922, honorary curator and Founder of the Semitic Museum, died yesterday morning.
Professor Lyon acquired his A.B. at Howard College in 1875, his Ph.D. at Leipsig in 1882, and his S.T.D. at Harvard in 1901. He was Hollis professor of divinity from 1882 to 1910 and acted as Hancock professor of Hebrew and other Oriental languages from 1910 to 1922, when the was given the title of professor emeritus.
He was the first curator of the Semitic Museum from 1891 to 1922, acting curator from 1922 to 1931, and honorary curator from 1931 until his death.
In addition to his work at Harvard, Professor Lyon was director of the American School for Oriental Study and research in Palestine in 1906 and 1907 and a fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.