Dr. Ray Darl Ryan Jr.
December 02, 1945 ‒ October 08, 2020
Dr. Ray D. Ryan Jr., 74, of Delaware, passed away Thursday, October 8, 2020 surrounded by his loving wife and children.
Born December 2, 1945 in Joliet, IL, the only son of the late Ray D. & Oral Ada (Smiley) Ryan. Ray attended High School in Lockport, IL, where he was active in basketball, baseball, and Student Council. Ray pitched a “no-hitter” game en-route to the IL St. Championship. In 1965 he married Marianne Rossetto, his high school sweetheart. Ray was the first person in his family to attend college. He earned his B.S. degree at UW-Stout and his M.S. and Ed.D. from the UM-Columbia.
Throughout his 40-yr career Ray was Assoc Dean and Prof in the College of Ed, The Ohio State University (OSU); Provost/VP of Academic Affairs, Dean of Ed, and Full Prof at Sierra Nevada College; UNLV & ASU Assoc Prof; Deputy Supt of Public Instruction for NV & AZ; Exec Dir of the Center on Educ & Training for Employment at OSU; Pres/CEO of NOCTI; and Pres/CEO of his own successful consulting firm.
Ray received numerous awards including: Distinguished Svc to the fields of Ed & Training in OH, the US, and worldwide; AZ Voc Assoc Distinguished Educator of the Year; Outstanding Int’l Leader from the Int’l Voc Ed & Training Assn; Honorary Doctorate & Honored Prof of The Russian Federation Tomsk Polytechnic Univ; Centennial Distinguished Alumni Award from UW-Stout; Outstanding Leader EPDA 552 Leadership/Research Fellow; Education Dev Professionals Act (EPDA) representative for ND, and the Outstanding Int’l Leader in Tech Voc Ed & Training Award (IVETA).
Dr Ryan was the Lead Project Researcher for the following: US/Soviet Funding, USIA, USSR Nat’l Ed Dev Proj; Partnership for Turkey Ed System; Establishment of small businesses in Poland (World Bank, US Agency for Int’l Dev & USDOL, Bur of Int’l Labor Affairs); & the Hungary Project (World Bank, USDOL). He also led a group of Professors from OSU for the first-ever Russia/US Ed Symposium.
He also was a member of Phi Delta Kappa and Omicron Tau Theta as well as many professional education & training associations.
Ray is survived by his loving wife of 55 years Marianne; children Kimberley (Jeffrey) Ryan Turner, Kristin (Curtis) Ryan, and Matthew (Melanie) Ryan; grandchildren Isabella & Gabriel Turner, Rosetta Oriel Ryan, and Ryder & Brytin Ryan.
Preceded in death by his parents and sister Charlene Rae Sneddeker, and many special canine friends, including Daisy.
Ray loved fishing, painting, reading, and learning. He enjoyed spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren whether it was watching The Ohio State Buckeyes beat “That Team Up North” or enjoying a fresh, warm Krispy Kreme. His family and friends will remember him as a man of integrity who was kind, grateful, humble, loving, humorous and charming.
There will be a private family memorial service.
Memorial contributions may be made to Source Point of Delaware, OH, www.mysourcepoint.org or your local pet shelter or rescue.
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