NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (KT) -- The daughter of the founder 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, passed away on April 18. No cause of death was listed.
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. The company says Aoife Lyons was an integral part of Alltech from its very founding in 1980. The “All” in “Alltech” represents her initials — Aoife Louise Lyons.
Aoife Lyons 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.
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 agri-science 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 regarding hiring practices, team building and multicultural communication.
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. S
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.
Her father, Dr. Pearse Lyons, died in March 2018.