John Foster “Jack” Ryan

30 March 1928–4 January 2013 (Age 84)
Saint Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota, United States

The Life of John Foster “Jack”

When John Foster “Jack” Ryan was born on 30 March 1928, in Saint Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota, United States, his father, John Alfred Ryan, was 36 and his mother, Gertrude Elizabeth Foster, was 24. He married Patricia McPhillips on 20 October 1951, in Saint Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He died on 4 January 2013, in North Saint Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota, United States, at the age of 84, and was buried in Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, United States.

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John Foster “Jack” Ryan
Patricia McPhillips
Marriage: 20 October 1951
Joseph Robert Ryan

Spouse and Children

20 October 1951
Saint Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota, United States


    Joseph Robert Ryan


Parents and Siblings



    William Kerwin Ryan



    Richard Thomas “Dick” Ryan


    Richard Ryan


World Events (8)


Age 1

13 million people become unemployed after the Wall Street stock market crash of 1929 triggers what becomes known as the Great Depression. President Herbert Hoover rejects direct federal relief.
1931 · The Prehistoric Minnesota Woman

Age 3

The Minnesota Woman was the name given to the skeletal remains of a woman thought to be 8,000 years old found near Pelican Rapids. The bones were brought to the University of Minnesota for more study. Later, Dr. Albert Jenks identified them as the bones of a 15 or 16 year old woman. Scientists now recognize the girl as someone whose ancestors were Paleo-Indian and now her skeletal remains have been reburied in South Dakota, not available for further study.
1951 · The Twenty-Second Amendment

Age 23

Before the Twenty-second Amendment, the Presidency didn’t have a set number limit on how many times they could be elected or re-elected to the office of President of the United States. The Amendment sets that limit to two times, consecutively or not, and sets additional conditions for presidents who succeed to the unexpired terms of their predecessors.

Name Meaning

1 Irish: simplified form of Mulryan.2 Irish: reduced form of O’Ryan , an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Riagháin (modern Irish Ó Riain) ‘descendant of Rian’; Ó Maoilriain ‘descendant of Maoilriaghain’, or Ó Ruaidhín ‘descendant of the little red one’. Ryan is one of the commonest surnames in Ireland; there has been considerable confusion with Regan .3 Americanized spelling of German Rein .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (2)

  • John F Ryan in household of John A Ryan, "United States Census, 1930"
  • John Ryan in household of John Ryan, "United States Census, 1940"

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