Alltech has announced the passing of its founder and president, Dr. Pearse Lyons.
Lyons died March 8 due to an acute lung condition that developed during his recovery from heart surgery. He was 73.
“The thoughts of our entire Alltech family around the world are with Dr. Lyons’ family, specifically his wife Deirdre, daughter Aoife, son Mark and Mark’s wife Holly,” said Alric Blake, chief executive officer and treasurer of Alltech. “Dr. Lyons was a visionary entrepreneur who transformed the agriculture industry beginning with his innovative application of yeast technology in animal nutrition. From farm to field, from market to family dinner table, our world is immeasurably better because he was a man who never saw problems, only a challenge that had not yet been solved.
“He inspired everyone he met with his energy, enthusiasm and passionate belief in possibilities. He instilled that positivity in his people, more than 5,000 Alltech team members around the world," Blake said. "I am confident I speak on behalf of all of them when I say that we are deeply honored to have known and worked for such a great man. We will resolve to honor his legacy by deepening our commitment to his customers and all the innovative ideas he believed in so strongly.”
To continue driving forward his vision for serving the agriculture industry through field-proven innovations, Dr. Lyons established a clear leadership structure, including:
• Dr. Mark Pearse Lyons, chairman and president;
• Alric A. Blake, chief executive officer and treasurer, and
• E. Michael Castle II, vice president and secretary.
As the company’ director of corporate image and design, Deirdre Lyons will continue to further Dr. Lyons’ vision for Alltech’s global presence and their shared commitment to philanthropy and community involvement.
“We are all deeply saddened by my father’s passing,” said Pearse’s son Dr. Mark Lyons, chairman and president of Alltech. “He always focused on developing people, and he built an extraordinary team over the years. I know he had full confidence in his team to continue growing the company he built. He saw farther into the horizon than anyone in the industry, and we, as his team, are committed to delivering on the future he envisioned. He planted seeds that will produce a bountiful harvest for the world in the years to come.”
Dr. Lyons’ family is deeply appreciative of the many prayers and well wishes they have received from friends around the world. At this time, they kindly ask that any expressions of sympathy, including memories and tributes, be shared at alltech.com/pearselyons.
In lieu of flowers, the family is encouraging donations to the Alltech ACE Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that funds a variety of philanthropic endeavors around the world, ranging from disaster relief to primary schools in Haiti. Donations may be made at alltech.com/pearselyons.
Funeral masses will be March 17 in Lexington, Ky., and in April in Dublin, Ireland. A special celebration of life will be held on May 20 at the beginning of ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conferencein Lexington.
Public visitation in Lexington will be on March 16. Arrangement details will be kept up to date on alltech.com/pearselyons.
The news of Dr. Lyons' passing immediately garnered social media attention from a variety of sources.