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Dr. John Kelley Ryans Jr.

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RYANS Dr. John Kelley, Jr., husband of Cynthia Collis Ryans, died Sat, Sep 14, 2013. Born in Cynthiana, he was the son of the late John K. and Alta May Aldridge Ryans. A graduate of the University of Kentucky and University of Tennessee, Mr. Ryans received his Doctor of Business Administration and was a member of Phi Kappa Phi at Indiana University. After graduating from the University of Kentucky, he served for two years as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. Dr. Ryans served as Professor of International Business at Kent State University, Kent, OH, for 34 years. During this time, he published over 100 articles and 23 books. During this time, he served as the Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Business, Chairman of the Marketing Department and later held the Bridgestone Chair in International Business, from which he retired. In addition, he was an active member of the American Marketing Association, the Academy of International Business and was elected a Fellow in the Academy, the Academy of Marketing Science, International Advertising Association, the Northeast Ohio District Export Council (appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce) and the Cleveland World Trade Association. He was a visiting professor at numerous universities and served on the faculty at the Universities of Memphis and Maryland, as well as one semester in Geneva, Switzerland. After retirement, he served as the James R. Good endowed Chair Global Strategy at Bowling Green State University (OH). He was selected for membership in the Association of Ohio Comm-odores and received the Executive Order of Ohio Commodores, the highest international trade development and business recognition given by the State of Ohio. He is listed as one of 150 international business scholars featured in numerous articles and has traveled throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, South America and the United States. In 2011, he and his wife moved back to Lexington from Northeast Ohio. In addition to his wife of 56 years, he is survived by his brother, David A. Ryans, Dayton, OH; nephews, Michael C. Brown (Vicki), Lexington, and niece, Susan Brown Bays (Robert), Bran-ston, KY; as well as numerous great nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Robert C. Ryans. Services will be private. Memorials may be made to Palliative Care, Baptist Health Lexington, 1740 Nicholasville Rd., Lexington, KY 40503. www.milwardfuneral.com

Published in Lexington Herald-Leader on Sept. 18, 2013
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