General William Lyon
General Lyon has enjoyed an illustrious, distinguished career as a successful businessman, decorated member of the military and an active supporter of the community. He first entered the homebuilding business in 1954 and his companies have since produced more than 100,000 residential units spanning more than 60 years. In recognition of his many achievements, General Lyon was inducted into the California Building Industry “Hall of Fame” in June 1985. He was also the Chairman, President and CEO of AirCal, a regional airline in 1982 which later merged with American Airlines in 1987.
General Lyon flew in World War II and Korea. He has been decorated with numerous awards and honors, including the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit and the Distinguished Flying Cross. He also served under President Gerald R. Ford at the Pentagon as Chief of the Air Force Reserve from 1975 to 1979, retiring as a Major General of the United States Air Force Reserve.
General Lyon is a much-admired and respected member of the community and his extensive list of board affiliations serves as a testament to his commitment to serve the greater community. His past service includes former Director and Chairman of the Board for the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. He was the founding Chairman of the Orangewood Children’s Foundation and past Chairman of the Boy Scouts of America, Orange County Council.