Corinne "Corky" Vere Ryland|
September 21, 1922 ~ February 12, 2013
CARMEL VALLEY - Corinne Vere Zurick was born in Lead, South Dakota to Albert Zurick and Mabel Martin Zurick at her parents' home with the aid of a Sioux midwife, who gave her the middle name Vere. She was an only child.
Corky was raised in Denver, Colorado, graduating from East High in 1941. She loved to dance and rode horses regularly with a local club, often competing in equestrian and jumping competitions. Corky went to Denver University for one year and left school during the war to work for the Federal Office of Price Administration at the Tire Rationing Board in Denver. When her mother died unexpectedly, Corinne moved to her aunt's home in Berkeley, California to continue her education at the University of California. She was a Decorative Arts major.
In early 1946, as a result of a blind date, Corky met Glen Ryland, a fellow CAL student who had recently returned from wartime military service as a fighter pilot in the Army Air Corps. They hit it off and were married at St. Clement's Episcopal Church in Berkeley on June 29, 1947. Corky and Glen took the train to the Monterey Peninsula and stayed in Carmel for their honeymoon. While there, they agreed they would love to eventually retire to the Monterey area. Neither had completed their studies and they finished up at CAL together, living in an apartment about a block from campus.
Upon graduation, Glen went to work in San Francisco, and the Rylands bought a modest home in El Cerrito, California where they lived in 1950 when Corky had her first child, a daughter, Sally Lynn. Soon thereafter, Glen was recalled to active duty with the U.S. Air Force for the Korean War. Although still on flying status, Glen was assigned to Fairchild Air Force Base near Spokane, Washington as Chief Procurement Officer. After a few months, Corinne was able to join Glen with Sally and in June of 1952, a new daughter, Gail Ann, was born at the base hospital.
Not long after this, Glen was transferred to the Headquarters of the U.S. Air Force in Europe at Wiesbaden, Germany. Corky and the girls had to wait five months to finally catch a military charter plane across the North Atlantic, finally landing in Frankfurt. Glen met his family and took them to a house in the little town of Neu Isenburg in a forest south of Frankfurt. Corky and the girls made do without initially speaking any German and living some distance from an American base. Glen finally was able to obtain a new apartment in Wiesbaden for the rest of his assignment. At the end of 1955, Glen returned to civilian life and the family settled into a house in the Berkeley hills, until Glen was recruited to join Aerojet General Corporation in Sacramento. The family arrived there just in time for Corky to deliver a son, Stephen Glen, in early 1957. Ê
Corky and Glen stayed in Sacramento for most of Glen's 15 years with Aerojet, except for a two-year hiatus in Southern California. Then in early 1971, the Rylands moved to Denver, Colorado when Glen accepted the position of Chief Financial Officer of Frontier Airlines, subsequently moving up to President and CEO. The girls were in college by this time and Stephen was in junior high. Corky was able to resume her connections with many friends from her youth, as well as her sorority and riding groups. She was also able, with the airline connection to make several trips throughout the world with one of her close friends. Corky traveled frequently with Glen on business related trips to many places in and out of the country. She also did a wonderful job as the airline president's spouse with many of the employee groups at Frontier, particularly the pilots' wives. In 1985 Glen retired from Frontier, allowing Corky and Glen to return to California in 1987, where they had previously bought a home in Pebble Beach.
Corky and Glen were active in the Monterey community, both founding members of the Church in the Forest, Pebble Beach and each served on the church board. They also remained involved with their CAL Alumni Club and supported numerous civic and charitable groups. In addition, Corky was active with P.E.O., Pi Beta Phi, and Panhellenic. As members of the Beach and Tennis Club in Pebble Beach, they were both avid tennis players. In 2000 Corky and Glen moved into the Carmel Valley Manor, which they both enjoyed and where they made many friends.
Corky is survived by her husband, Glen; her daughters, Sally Whittaker (Brad) of Moraga, CA and Gail Ryland of Monterey; son, Stephen Ryland of Elkhorn; grandchildren, Jennifer Ryland-Winter of Aurora, CO and Reed and Cary Whittaker of Moraga; and great grandchildren, Mercedies, Madalyn, and Marlena Ryland-Winter of Aurora, CO.
Memorial services will be held at the Church in the Forest, Forest Lake Road, Pebble Beach on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the University of California, Berkeley Foundation or The SPCA for Monterey County.Ê
Published in The Monterey Herald on Mar. 21, 2013