George Edward Lyne Jr., Ph.D.



Dr. Richard D. Howe, “George Edward Lyne Jr., Ph.D.,” Appalachian State University Libraries Digital Collections, accessed May 23, 2024,

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George Edward Lyne Jr., Ph.D.


Appalachian State University
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Dr. Richard D. Howe




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Boone (N.C.)

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Associate Professor Emeritus

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Associate Professor Emeritus of Management George Edward Lyne, Jr. (October 31, 1926-) was born in Greenville, South Carolina. He is the oldest of two sons of Minna Turpin (1903-1993) and George Edward Lyne, Sr. (1900-1975). Minna, a lifelong resident of Greenville, South Carolina, was descended from early Charlestown Landing (1670) settlers. George Sr. was born in Fall River, Massachusetts, where his English ancestors had settled in 1835. He was transferred from Fall River to Greenville, South Carolina, when his employer, a textile engineering consulting firm, expanded services to the South. Lyne married the former Eleanor Frances Kiplinger in 1958. They have two children, Jeffrey Matthews and Kathryn Lyne Masters. After graduating from Greenville High School in June 1944, Lyne enlisted in the United States Navy and was selected for the V-12 Officer Training Program. He studied at the University of South Carolina and Howard College (now Samford University) during 1944-45, while on active duty. After World War II ended, Lyne began work on a degree in industrial management at the University of North Carolina and completed that degree in 1948. Lyne spent seven years as an industrial engineer in the textile industry and five years as a management consultant with the firm Booz Allen and Hamilton in New York before devoting a year to educational travel in Europe and the Middle East. Upon his return in 1955, he held several management positions in pursuing opportunities to become re-established in North Carolina. In 1969, Lyne entered graduate school at the University of North Carolina, and received his Ph.D. in organization behavior in 1973. Dr. Lyne then joined the Department of Management faculty of the Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University and in 1974 was made director of the Center for Management Development. He also coordinated implementation of a MBA degree program at Winston-Salem State University and taught in that program. A number of administrative positions were held by Lyne during his twenty-three years at Appalachian State. He was acting chair of the Department of Management for three years and permanent chair from 1992 until his retirement in 1996. After their children were grown, Lyne and his wife made trips within the United States and to Europe before settling in to develop their twenty acres in Foscoe, North Carolina. Planting trees, shrubs, flowers, and grass around the home they designed and built on their property has become a major occupation for the couple. Lyne also enjoys reading, woodworking, and researching his family's history-interests which his wife shares. Sources: Personal correspondence and long association. -Dr. Richard D. Howe

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