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July 26, 2016
Prof Ryan was my Contemporary American Literature professor at BU. Anyone who knew RR knew that he was an excellent teacher, an avid tennis player, and a good man. Soon after I'd moved to New York upon graduating college, a copy of the Shipping News by Annie Proulx arrived in my mailbox. I loved the book and was so very touched that he would want to share it with me. I recently read her latest book Barkskins during a month long stay in France and I sent Robert an email to let him know. By the way, I saw many RVs in the south of France (the Atlantic side) which also reminded me of him. So that is how I learned that he passed away last year. To you, Prof Ryan, out there in the universe, please know that you were important to me and that you made a lasting impression. I thank you and carry with me the excellent advice you gave me long ago: 1) do lots of abdominal workouts to offset the strain long distance running has on your back, and 2) do not ignore irritating things about your potential spouse because they over time do not go away. In fact, they are magnified. You were so right. Thanks for introducing me to a great writer and for the good advice.
February 17, 2016
Prof Ryan was my Freshman English Instructor at Defiance College in 1958.
He drilled us with the importance of communication and the difficulty of communication.
As a freshman, I did not understand that communication could be difficult.
Now, I do understand.
April 25, 2015
I met Bob over 30 years ago when I moved to Western Avenue and remained friends and neighbors since. I recently relocated out of state and have kept in touch with him and enjoyed our conversations long distance just as I did when we held our conversations in the parking lot next to his house where he was(either he was going or coming) from a tennis game at Hoyt Field. I remember when I had my first conversation with Bob I thought to myself "this guys seems really intelligent", well turns out I was right, he was an English Professor for many years. One snowy day I remember coming home from work and facing the possibility of shoveling my car out and found that my car was cleared of snow and thought how nice, my daughter cleared the snow from my car for me, I asked her and she said "no". I then said it must have been Bob and to my surprise, it was indeed him. He was just that type of neighbor, caring, thoughtful and a great big smile. I will surely miss you and may you forever rest in peace.
April 23, 2015
Prof Ryan was my teacher at BU when I showed up last century a 32 year old freshman and the mother of 3 under 10 years old. His classes were always invigorating, challenging and illuminating. I remember the look he gave me when I admitted I didn't know what "Back beat" meant while we were discussing poetry. And he didn't agree with all my comma uses and abuses. A fine teacher, the model of a scholar, and just what I wanted and needed. I missed him as soon as I graduated. Elizabeth Philipps
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