John and Helen Ryan

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Ryan, John and Helen HIGHTSTOWN, N.J. John Spencer Ryan Sr. (Jack), of Meadow Lakes, Hightstown, died August 10, 2012 at age 91. He was born and raised in Batavia, where he met his wife, Helen. He attended Penn State. He began his communi cations career during his service in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific during World War II. After the war, John worked for New York Bell Telephone in Batavia and Albany. He also studied at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He transferred to Bell Labs in Holmdel, N.J. While at Bell Labs, John served as A.T.T.'s represen tative to the CCITT, a member organization of International Telegraph and Communications Union, a United Nations sponsored agency. John served 21 years as chairman of CCITT Study Group 11, developing consistent worldwide system protocols that govern much of today's amazing modern communication networks. John also became a member of the board of directors of the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers. He received many awards for his service and was made a life fellow in 1988. Helen Sleeper Ryan, also of Meadow Lakes, Hightstown, died September 10, 2012. Helen and John shared 73 years of married life together working as a team in every dimension of their lives together. Helen devoted her life to raising three children and provided unfailing support to John in his career. Helen acquired many homemaking skills, including needlework, gardening and cooking. Helen loved music and she loved to sing and sang in the Cornell University Glee Club and the Monmouth Chorus. Helen loved to travel and often accompanied John on his international work. John and Helen lived in Delmar, Little Silver and Locust, N.J. John taught swimming, built a boat for the family, earned his pilot's license, took up skiing and served on the Little Silver Trade Tree Commission. Helen was a 4-H club leader and a member of the Little Silver garden club. When her children entered high school, Helen became employed in the diocesan offices of the Episcopal Diocese of Albany. Helen and John are survived by their three children, Nancy Elizabeth Ryan Woods of Toms River, N.J., John Spencer Ryan Jr. of Albany, and Arthur David Ryan of Palm Coast, Fla.; seven grandchildren, 10 great-grand-children and one great-great grandchild. There will be a joint memorial service for Helen and John at Barlow & Zimmer Funeral Home, 202 Stockton St., Hightstown, on September 29, 2012 at 1 p.m. Memorial gifts in memory of John S. Ryan, Sr. may be sent to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 633 Third Ave., 28th Floor, NY, NY 10017.

Published in Albany Times Union on Sept. 16, 2012
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