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Vic Ryan Obituary
Vic Ryan of Boulder passed away January 3, 2014 at Boulder Community Hospital, after a series of long-term illnesses left him unable to win a battle with pneumonia. He was 70. Vic was born February 15, 1943 to Lowell and Gertrude (Keys) Ryan in Springfield, Il. He graduated from Northwestern University and subsequently received a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan in 1970. That same year he moved to Boulder to start as a professor in the psychology department at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He remained as a professor at CU until 2003, strongly committed to teaching both undergraduate and graduate students. Vic married his wife, Barbara, on Christmas Eve in 1976. They had two children, David (Demetrius "Bristen" Riley) Ryan and Jenny (Casey) Carman. His grandchildren, Selah Ryan and Chase Carman, were the lights of his life and a source of great joy, just as his children had been and continued to be. His love for his family brought both pride and gratitude that he saw his children settled with wonderful spouses and families of their own. His one regret would be that he wasn't able to stay long enough to meet the grandson due on his birthday in February. In addition to psychology, Vic's curious mind led to a fascination with reading about astronomy and physics. He would have been first in line to travel to distant stars and planets; we can be comforted by the hope that he now has some answers to the questions that motivated his search. His children, their friends, and anyone else who visited our home, also know he likely had the largest movie collection in Boulder. Beyond this, he loved his dogs, who kept him good company in the final years of his life. He and his family very much appreciated the excellent care and compassion he received from his doctors, both those who provided ongoing care and the doctors and nurses in his final days in intensive care. Vic volunteered for CareConnect and was heartened by the sense that he could contribute something of value in spite of his illnesses. Vic's life will be celebrated with a small service for family and close friends. In lieu of flowers, our family asks that donations be made to Boulder County CareConnect ( or to Mental Health Partners ( ), both worthy organizations with missions that he believed in.

Published in The Boulder Daily Camera on Jan. 7, 2014
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