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William Hayes Ryan ’53

Published in Sept. 15, 2004, issue

Bill, one of six '53 classmates from Penn Charter, died of congestive heart failure March 20, 2004, in Osprey, Fla.

An all-round athlete who dined at Cannon, he was an IAA sports manager and excelled in club football, basketball, track, softball, and billiards. He majored in SPIA and worked in Triangle Club's business department. A roommate, Carl Shaifer, said that Bill good-naturedly was called "Click, Click, Ding" because his mind was a virtual adding machine. Calculating in his head, he won a huge sum on a TV quiz show by filling a grocery cart with items that totaled a predetermined figure within a specific time.

Bill also had a wry sense of humor. When showing off fellow classmate Bill Gall's Wharton School living quarters with cockroaches, cobwebs, and mice, Bill deadpanned, "This is the finest apartment in West Philadelphia." After a Wharton MBA and Navy duty, he received the Alexander E. Loeb Gold Medal Award with his CPA designation in 1968. Bill's expertise, according to his wife, Casiana, was in consulting, and he was a partner in Deloitte & Touche. He later became CEO of FBF Industries.

He leaves behind Casiana, daughter Christina Smy; sons William H. Jr. and Bradley J.; and six grandchildren, all of whom have our sincere sympathy. We remember Bill for his unpretentiousness, and for the glasses and laughter he raised.

The Class of 1953

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