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Dr. Lyman L. Handy passed away Tuesday, September 14, 2004, peacefully, at his home in Anaheim, California. He was 85.

In 1942, he graduated from the University of Washington with a B.S. degree in Chemistry and from Mid-Shipmen's School at Notre Dame. He served in WWII as Lt. Senior Grade in the U.S. Navy stationed off the coast of Italy. In 1950, he received his Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of Washington and from 1952 to1966 was employed at Chevron Oilfield Research in La Habra, California as a research chemist.

Dr. Handy joined the University of Southern California faculty in the late 50s, as a Part-Time Lecturer. Starting in 1966, he chaired the Department of Petroleum Engineering until his retirement in 1986 – a total of more than six terms. All the endowed chairs in petroleum engineering at USC were established during his tenure. He was honored as the Omar B. Milligan Professor of the Department of Petroleum Engineering and later as Emeritus Professor. The Lyman Handy Laboratory for Flow in Porous Media at the USC Petroleum Engineering Department is dedicated to him.

Lyman was an important contributor in the field of petroleum engineering, with a worldwide reputation. An experimentalist, with an uncanny sense of the mechanics of flow in porous media, he published some of the most influential papers on the subject: works that to this day are cited and used. His membership in SPE totaled 50 years. He has been honored repeatedly by SPE culminating with the Distinguished Service Award.

Dr. Handy will be fondly remembered by his many students and colleagues. The professional lives of students taught or advised by him have all been touched for the better by his wisdom, hard work, human compassion, ethics and honor.

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