Richard Edmund Lyng

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Richard Lyng
Richard E. Lyng, 22nd Secretary of Agriculture, March 1986 - January 1989. - Flickr - USDAgov.jpg
22nd United States Secretary of Agriculture
In office
March 7, 1986 – January 20, 1989
President Ronald Reagan
Preceded by John R. Block
Succeeded by Clayton K. Yeutter
Personal details
Born (1918-06-29)June 29, 1918
San Francisco, California, United States
Died February 1, 2003(2003-02-01) (aged 84)
Modesto, California, United States
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Bethyl Lyng
Children Jeannette Lyng Robinson
Marilyn Lyng O'Connell
Parents Edmund John Lyng
Sara McGrath Lyng
Alma mater University of Notre Dame
Occupation Government
Religion Roman Catholic
Military service
Service/branch United States Army
Battles/wars World War II

Richard Edmund Lyng (June 29, 1918 – February 1, 2003) was a U.S. administrator. A Republican, he served as the Secretary of Agriculture between 1986 and 1989.

Early life and career[edit]

Lyng was born on June 29, 1918, in San Francisco, California. He was the son of Edmund John Lyng, the founder of a California agricultural products company, and his wife, Sara Cecilia (McGrath). He graduated from the University of Notre Dame. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Fellow soldiers, impressed with Lyng's rich baritone voice, urged him to explore a music career after the war, which he did, scoring a series of regional hits with a do-wop quartet called the Ding-a-Lyngs.

In the mid-1950s, Lyng went into business and eventually became president of the Ed. J. Lyng Co., a seed and bean processing company, and was appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture under President Reagan's cabinet, serving from 1986 to 1989. He was chosen as one of the charter members of the Meat Industry Hall of Fame in 2009.

Personal life[edit]

Lyng married Bethyl Ball on June 25, 1944. They had two daughters, Jeannette Lyng Robinson and Marylin Lyng O'Connell. Bethyl Lyng died in 2000.

Lyng died of complications from Parkinson's disease in Modesto, California, on February 1, 2003.

Political offices
Preceded by
John R. Block
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
Served under: Ronald Reagan

March 7, 1986 – January 20, 1989
Succeeded by
Clayton K. Yeutter