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Obituary (MD): Philip Joseph Ryan '50

Posted on 02/23/2018

Capt. Philip J. Ryan  (June 3, 1927 - February 19, 2018)

Capt. Philip J. Ryan (June 3, 1927-Feb 19, 2018) was born to Mr. & Mrs. James P Ryan and raised in Goodhue, MN. He graduated from the USNA in 1950 where he lettered in Football (Team Captain), Lacrosse (All-American) and Basketball (All-Star). In his highly decorated 30 year career as a Naval Aviator, his leadership skills shaped the lives of many, serving 2 tours in Vietnam as CO of RVAH-7, at the USNA as Deputy Commandant, and as CO of the USS Juneau and USS Hancock. Upon retirement he enjoyed 30 years on Rideout Creek with his wide network of family and friends.

He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Betsey Jane Ryan, children Kathleen Sise, Stephen Ryan, Theresa Daum, three grandchildren, and one great granddaughter. He was predeceased by his brothers Robert & James Ryan and sister Rosemary Dobmeier.

The family will receive friends at the John M. Taylor Funeral Home, 147 Duke of Gloucester Street Annapolis, MD 21401 on February 27 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM. A Memorial Service will take place on Feb 28 in USNA Main Chapel at 10:30 am (Enter Gate 8 – Anyone over age 16 need driver's license or valid picture ID for entry onto Naval Academy Grounds) Inurnment will follow at USNA Columbarium.

"In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Captain Phil Ryan's memory, by sending checks to the "USNA Foundation", 25 Maryland Ave., Annapolis, MD 21401. Or credit card donations may be made over the phone by call the Foundation office at 410-295-4095. Please annotate "In memory of Phil Ryan '50" on the checks or when you call the office. These donations will go into the Athletic Excellence Sustainment Fund."

John M. Taylor Funeral Home
(410) 263-4422