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Obituary of James D. Ryan Jr.

RYAN - James Daniel Jr., PhD Formerly of Buffalo, NY, at age 81, July 10, 2020. A beloved husband of Jeanne Anne Ryan (nee O’Grady), married 57 years; devoted father of James III (Susan) Ryan, Julia Regina (Kane Platt), and Matthew George Francis Ryan; loving grandfather of James Ryan IV and Evander Ulysses Ryan Platt. Also survived by many beloved nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Corpus Christi Church, 199 Clark Street Buffalo, NY 14212, on Saturday, July 18, at 10 AM followed by Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. James graduated Canisius High School, class of 1956 received a Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, from St. Bonaventure University in 1960. He studied at Gregorian University in Rome 1960-1961, earned a MSED from Canisius College 1962 and a Ph.D. in Medieval History, from New York University in 1972. Dr. Ryan moved to New York City in 1962 and spent his professional career there. A retired Professor Emeritus from City University New York, he spent his longest time at Bronx Community College, serving as Chairman of the History Dept. from 1991 through 2001, he also taught courses at CUNY Graduate Center. The author of three books, as well as numerous articles, journals and encyclopedia entries, he was active in international scholarship, attending and delivering papers at conferences on Medieval Studies in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. He was also a member of many professional societies. A life member of both the American Historical Association and the Medieval Academy of America, and others, he also served as President of The Medieval Club of New York (1994 – 1996) as well as Treasurer of the Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East (2005– 2014), an international scholarly organization. In addition to these endeavors, he served as President of the Board of Directors of Columbus Park Tower, his home co - op on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, from 1973 to 2012. He also was a longtime member of Protect, an Adirondack conservation organization, and New York Forest Owner’s Association. He was well loved and will be missed on many fronts.If desired donations in James’ name may be made to Adirondack Land Trust, PO Box 130, Keene, NY 12942. (Phone: (518)-817-9244)
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