Murray D. Ryan, 89

Johns Hopkins employee

July 27, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Murray D. Ryan, a retired Johns Hopkins University public relations worker and active Lions Club member, died of heart failure Wednesday at Good Samaritan Transitional Care Unit in Lebanon, Pa. The former Parkville resident was 89.

Mr. Ryan, the son of dairy farmers, was born and raised in Mount Airy. He was a 1938 graduate of Mount Airy High School.

During World War II, he served as a radio technician with the Army in the Pacific.

Mr. Ryan worked at Hopkins' Homewood campus for many years before retiring in the 1980s.

Active in the Lions Club, Mr. Ryan was the sole surviving charter member of the Mount Airy Lions Club District 22W, which was founded in 1940.

He had served as a Lions Club district governor from 1953 to 1954, and had been an international director of the Lions Club.

"His hobby was collecting statues of lions and Lions Club work," said his daughter, Judy Ferreira of Fredericksburg, Pa.

A longtime resident of Medbury Road in Lutherville, he lived at Oak Crest Village in Parkville from 1997 to 2007, when he moved to his daughter's home.

Mr. Ryan was a world traveler.

He was former member of Ascension Lutheran Church in Towson.

His wife of 50 years, the former Dorothy Reed, died in 1988.

A memorial service was held yesterday. Also surviving are two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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