KGI Community Mourns the Death of Trustee Emeritus Stephen J. Ryan, M.D.
The KGI community is deeply saddened by the death of Trustee Emeritus Stephen J. Ryan, M.D., who died at his home in San Marino, California, on April 29. An internationally recognized expert in the field of retinal disease, Dr. Ryan was president of the Doheny Eye Institute and was the Grace and Emery Beardsley Distinguished Professor of Ophthalmology at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC). He also served as the dean of the Keck School of Medicine and senior vice president for medical care of the University of Southern California for 13 years. Dr. Ryan was a long-standing member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and the founding president of The Alliance for Eye and Vision Research. He held membership or offices in multiple national and international ophthalmological societies and previously served as the chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at USC's Keck School of Medicine. In addition to serving on KGI's Board of Trustees from 1997 to 2007 Dr. Ryan served as a member and director of the W.M. Keck Foundation, a member of the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, and was a member of the Allergan Board of Directors from 2002 to 2013.
Fellow KGI Trustee Emeritus Robert E. Tranquada remembered Dr. Ryan not only for his many contributions to the field of ophthalmology but also for his skills as an administrator:
Steve Ryan was a 40-year colleague of mine at USC School of Medicine. In the early 70's, while I was medical director at LA County/USC Medical Center, I had the privilege of being a part of the search for a new chair of our Department of Ophthalmology-a search that fortunately brought Steve to USC from Johns Hopkins. Steve was a brilliant department chair who built a department, essentially from scratch, that has been recognized as among the top five academic departments of ophthalmology in the nation. He was instrumental in bringing the Doheny Eye Institute to the USC School of Medicine campus and in the recruitment of a remarkable group of faculty whose research funding is among the leading departments of ophthalmology in the nation. He has received many well-deserved national honors and his person and talents will be sorely missed.
Dr. Ryan is survived by his wife, Anne Ryan, daughter Patricia Anne, and brothers Richard, John, and Robert, and their immediate families. An announcement regarding funeral services held locally in Los Angeles is pending. In lieu of flowers and in accordance with Dr. Ryan's wishes, contributions honoring Stephen J. Ryan's memory and life's work can be sent to the Doheny Eye Institute.
"Very few people are able to make contributions to their field on a level that Dr. Ryan was able to contribute to the field of ophthalmology," KGI President Sheldon Schuster said. "The counsel and expertise of trustees such as Stephen Ryan was vital to KGI in its early years as an institution. He will be greatly missed by members of the scientific and medical communities here in southern California and throughout the country."