Give A Helping Hand

Give A Helping Hand
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Give A Helping Hand
Emergency fundraiser

Dear Brothers,

As many of you, if not all, have heard, our Theta Chi brother Frank Lyman, Dickinson class of ´90 was tragically killed this past summer in a car accident. Frank was on his way to pick up his two children Thomas and Aislin, ages 9 and 11, at summer camp when another car veered into his lane and struck his vehicle head-on. His wife Keira and 5 year old daughter Carys were saved thanks to the quick action of first responders and skilled medical teams. Keira and Carys face a long road to full recovery, in particular Franks wife who faces a possible year-long hospitalization, many surgeries and rehab. I can’t express just how severe the injuries to them were.

Frank, full of life and promise was in the prime of his life. He had woven a successful career path and had years of further success ahead of him. He was a beloved father who put his family first and would have provided security and quality of life for his family. Frank was a champion of people and an exemplary Theta Chi. He was a friend to all. He excelled at bringing people together.

Frank was the sole provider in his family, who could now use our help.

I feel compelled that we, his Theta Chi brothers, should do something to assist his family under these extraordinary circumstances. Our fraternity was founded on the principle of “friendship through the mutual assistance of every member”. Will you please extend “the helping hand” to Frank’s children? Some of you may have already individually donated to the fund established for his children and the family is very thankful. I was hoping you would also be willing to make a donation here that would represent Theta Chi as a whole to be put toward The Lyman Children fund.

Make any donation you can here to FundRazr.

Please share this, but only within Theta Chi.

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Thank You

Fernando Giacomini

Theta Chi “89 Dickinson College

Frank’s Obituary:

Frank Trenholm Lyman III, 46, of Austin, Texas, loving and beloved husband, father, son, brother, and son-in-law, died early Saturday morning, June 21, 2014, as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident on the outskirts of Austin. A vehicle traveling on the wrong side of the road hit the Lyman family’s vehicle head-on. The two other passengers, Frank’s wife and youngest daughter, survived the crash. Born June 11, 1968, in Boston, Massachusetts, Frank moved to Columbia, Maryland, at the tender age of six weeks with his parents and older sister. Following his childhood in Columbia and graduation from Centennial High School in Ellicott City, Maryland, he attended Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, from which he received a B.A. cum laude in English in 1990. After graduation Frank began work in publishing, excelling in sales and marketing roles with Prentice Hall both in the Washington, D.C., area and in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. In 1995, he returned to school, receiving an M.B.A. from the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia in 1997. He spent the next year working for Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati, Ohio, as an assistant brand manager on the Cheer account. Frank was the fourth employee and vice president of marketing of Herndon, Virginia-based LifeMinders, the first e-mail marketing company, from 1998 to 1999. He then entered an association with John Wiley & Sons through 2007, working as vice president of new media development in New York general manager of Wiley Canada, and vice president of marketing in Hoboken, New Jersey. It was during this time that he met the love of his life, Keira Roberts. They married on June 2, 2001, in Washington, D.C. Frank took his marketing savvy, digital media expertise, publishing experience, and love of learning to new levels over his remaining career trajectory. As executive vice president for marketing and business development for CourseSmart, the first eTextbook platform and a venture jointly backed by several top publishing houses, he led development of eTextbooks for the iPhone app and grew the student eTextbook business to $10 million in sales from a zero base. In 2010, he then joined LibreDigital in Austin, Texas, as chief marketing officer, heading up product management and marketing for this leading distributor of digital content. Most recently, and until his death, Frank served as chief product officer for MyEdu Corporation in Austin, launching the first professional profile for college students and managing institutional partnerships. MyEdu was acquired by Blackboard in December of 2013. Both in work and in his personal life, Frank was unparalleled in the strength of his connections with others. His solicitous nature, ability to listen, and extraordinary sense of humor and perspective drew people near and kept them close. His inventiveness, intelligence, vision, and wisdom led him to ever-increasing career heights. Friends and family from Washington, D.C., Columbia, Montclair, and New York to Austin, Cincinnati, and Toronto have been buoyed by his friendship and cheered by his infectious grin. A music aficionado, Frank played guitar and sang. He displayed a distinctive sartorial flair and brought both style and wit to everything he did. A father and husband of absolute integrity, his top priority was to create and maintain a safe, rich, and full life for his beloved family. Frank is survived by his wife, Keira Lyman; daughter Aislin, son Thomas, and daughter Carys; father Frank T. Lyman Jr. and mother Sandra Lyman of New Hope, Pennsylvania; sister Sarah Lyman Kravits, brother-in-law Garth Kravits, niece Josephine, nephew Louis, and niece Delia, all of West Orange, New Jersey; and in-laws Don and Lynn Roberts of Alexandria, Virginia.

Organized by Chip Chapman
Bethesda, MD, US