Kim Ruoff Lyon Hallinan
Died: September 22, 2003


Kim Ruoff Lyon


PENINSULA Kim Ruoff Lyon Hallinan, 48, of Peninsula, crossed over the river to be with the Lord on Monday, Sept. 22, 2003. She died peacefully after a long, gallant battle with breast cancer.

Born April 24, 1955, in Alexandria, Va., Kim grew up along with her sisters, Lees, Jamie, and Claire in Pakistan, France, Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, Turkey, and Mali, with some time in the United States between her father's foreign assignments. Kim always said that she led a fantastical life. In the last month of her life, she documented stories for her daughter, Tess, such as riding wild horses on the plains of Laos and having "deep" conversations with Buddhist monks when she was about Tess's current age.

Kim attended the College of Wooster and Kent State University before graduating from Boston University, cum laude. She was award ed an MLS, magna cum laude, from Simmons College in Boston, Mass.

Known to us in different ways as wife, mother, godmother, sister, daughter, aunt, professional woman, community member, and loyal friend, she now draws her own path with the hand of an angel. Kim was beautiful, smart, sassy, social, worldly, and funny.

Kim directed the Peninsula Li brary and Historical Society and prior to that was library director for Hesser College in Manchester, N.H. For 14 years, she worked for M.I.T.'s Rotch Library of Architecture and Planning in Cambridge, Mass. While at M.I.T., she held several positions including curator of the Aga Khan Program for Islam ic Architecture.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Mona Lee Ruoff (nee Hohman); grandmothers, Doris Seeley Pettengill and Clara Ruoff; and her first husband, Christopher Lyon. Kim is survived by her husband, Dennis Hallinan, and 10-year-old daughter, Tess of Peninsula; stepchildren, Josie (Seizo) Halli nan of Venice, Fla., and Jamie Hallinan of Nashua, N.H.; father, E.G. Jay Ruoff of Peninsula; sisters, Lees Ruoff of Youngstown, Ohio, Jamie (Howard) Strong of Houston, Texas, and Claire (Suleyman) Karaz of Istanbul, Turkey. She also leaves behind aunts, uncles, cousins, and a niece and nephews.


Memorial services at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, 2003, at Peninsula United Methodist Church, 1575 Main St., Peninsula, Ohio, with the Rev. Lea Mahan officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes contributions to a college fund for sweet daughter, Tess, c/o Dennis Hallinan or Fifth Third Bank, 122 W. Streetsboro St., Hudson, Ohio 44236. Arrangements by Johnson-Romito, a Golden Rule Funeral Home, in Hudson, Ohio.