Binghamton University announces 2007


       Political scientist J. David Singer and Allan R. Lyons will receive honorary degrees during Binghamton University Commencement ceremonies in May.

       Political Science educator and innovator J. David Singer will receive an honorary degree and speak at Binghamton University’s Harpur College Commencement at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, May 20. Currently professor emeritus at the University of Michigan, Singer is arguably the most significant scholar in the study of war and peace over the past four decades.

       A veteran of the U.S. Navy who served in World War II and the Korean War, Singer earned a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and a doctorate from New York University.

       In 1963, Singer spent a year at the University of Oslo and the Institute for Social Research as a Fulbright Fellow, helping to establish the Peace Research Institute and lay the groundwork for the Correlates of War (COW) project. The COW project changed the culture of the study of political science by beginning a systematic and steady accumulation of scientific knowledge about war. One outcome of Singer’s work with COW was the 1972 publication of a book, with co-author Melvin Small, The Wages of War, which produced a standard definition of war to guide scholars in their research. A second book by the pair followed: Resort to Arms: International and Civil War, 1816-1980.

       A repository of data sets and empirical studies, the COW project has served as a training ground for young scholars, including those at Binghamton University.

       Singer rose to the rank of full professor at the University of Michigan, retiring in 2002. He has held appointments at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Graduate Institute of International Studies; the Centre for Survey Research and Methodology (ZUMA) at the University of Mannheim, West Germany; and The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study. Singer was a Fulbright Fellow at the National Chengchi University in Taipei in 1998.

       He has also been a Ford Fellow and the recipient of grants from the National Science Foundation, Guggenheim, the Ford Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation.   

       Singer has received the Founder’s Medal of the Peace Science Society, the Susan Strange Award of the International Studies Association and the Lifetime Achievement Award of the conflict Process Section of the American Political Science Association.

       Philanthropist, teacher, accountant, investment advisor and Binghamton University alumnus and volunteer Allan R. Lyons will receive an honorary degree at the Commencement ceremony for the professional schools at 9 a.m. Sunday, May 20.  Establishing and maintaining a relationship with Binghamton University that is virtually unparalleled, Lyons earned his bachelor of arts degree in accounting from Harpur College in 1962, before continuing his education at Ohio State University, where he received his master’s in business administration. He joined the firm of Piaker & Lyons PC in 1964 as a Certified Public Accountant, rose to the position of partner and served as chairman and chief executive officer from 1994 through his retirement in 1999. His area of specialization was taxes, estates and financial planning.

       Currently a partner with Vestal Venture Capital and owner of 21st Century Strategic Investment Planning, LC, Lyons serves on the boards of directors of Franklin Credit Management Corporation and Source Interlink Companies, Inc. and has been a director for AMBANC Holding Company; The Score Board, Inc.; Ecosoil Systems, Inc.; IEC Electronics; Retail Entertainment Group, Inc.; and

       Throughout his career, Lyons has remained engaged with Binghamton University, providing internship opportunities for students, hiring graduates and serving as an adjunct faculty member in the School of Management. He was an active member of Harpur Forum and served on the School of Management Advisory Board and the Binghamton University Foundation Board.

       Since his retirement from Piaker & Lyons, he has been active in several Binghamton University Foundation initiatives including serving as a member of the Binghamton Fund’s Leadership Society; and he is currently a member of the Lead Gifts Solicitation Team for the University’s comprehensive gifts campaign. For his support of Binghamton University, he was awarded the Chancellor’s Medal for Philanthropy in 1999. 

       Comptroller and finance director for the Town of Vestal for nearly 20 years, Lyons has been treasurer and trustee for United Health Services and a member of the Endowment Committee for the United Jewish Appeal of Broome County.

Last Updated: 9/17/13