Daughter of Alltech founders dies at 45

Aoife Lyons, director of Educational Initiatives, Alltech, and daughter of Pearse and Deirdre Lyons.

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. — The daughter of the founders of Alltech, a multi-national company based in Nicholasville, has died at the age of 45.

According to Alltech’s website, Dr. Aoife Louise Lyons, the company’s director of educational initiatives and engagement, died April 18. The cause of death was not listed.

Alltech founder and president, Dr. Pearse Lyons, died March 8, 2018 due to an acute lung condition that developed during his recovery from heart surgery. He was 73.

Born on Aug. 1, 1973, in Ireland, Aoife was the daughter of Alltech’s co-founders Dr. Pearse Lyons and Deirdre Lyons, the sister of Dr. Mark Lyons, Alltech’s president and CEO, and sister-in-law of Mark’s wife, Holly.

Here is what Alltech released about Aoife Louise Lyons:

It is with great sadness that the Lyons family and Alltech announce the passing of Dr. Aoife Louise Lyons on April 18.

Aoife was known for her generous spirit and her continual drive to help others. As Alltech’s director of educational initiatives and engagement, she was instrumental in fostering educational opportunities both within Alltech and in local communities around the world, including the prestigious Alltech Young Scientist competition, the world’s largest agriscience competition for university students. She created the company’s Career Development Program, a highly selective global recruitment and training initiative, and was beloved by these new Alltech team members as their mentor, “Dr. Aoife.”

Her expertise in applying neuroscience to business made her uniquely qualified to work with Alltech in regard to hiring practices, team building and multicultural communication. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from DePaul University in 2001 and successfully ran her own private practice clinic in Chicago for more than 10 years. Her specialized knowledge of human behavior and psychology enabled her to play a special role in shaping Alltech’s culture and business practices, which drew people of all backgrounds and walks of life together as one team.

Born on Aug. 1, 1973, in Ireland, she was the daughter of Alltech’s co-founders Dr. Pearse Lyons and Mrs. Deirdre Lyons, the sister of Dr. Mark Lyons, Alltech’s president and CEO, and sister-in-law of Mark’s wife, Holly. Aoife was an integral part of Alltech from its very founding in 1980. The “All” in “Alltech” represents her initials — Aoife Louise Lyons.

Aoife was an adjunct professor at University College Dublin, Dublin City University and Trinity College Dublin. She received a bachelor’s degree in biology and psychology from the University of Notre Dame, a master’s degree in women’s studies from University College Dublin, a master’s degree and Ph.D. from DePaul University and a postdoctoral fellowship at Northwestern University.

She also held a lifelong love of music and the arts. She played the violin from the age of 5, winning many competitions and accolades throughout her musical career. She continued the practice into adulthood, joining friends in playing everything from classical music as part of a trio to contemporary folk music, traditional Irish music and rock.

In lieu of flowers, the family is encouraging donations to the Pearse Lyons ACE Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization that funds a variety of philanthropic endeavors around the world from disaster relief to primary schools in Haiti.

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