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Daniel Paul Ryan

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Daniel Paul Ryan Obituary
June 18, 1927 - July 21, 2016 Daniel Paul Ryan passed away on Thursday, July 21, 2016 in his home in Los Angeles surrounded by his loving family. Daniel was born in Saint Nazaire, France. He spent his childhood in Brittany, then lived in Paris and Casablanca prior to coming to the United States in 1955. In 1956, he joined the jeweler Van Cleef and Arpels in New York. He was appointed Director of their Palm Beach Salon in 1961. At his prompting, Van Cleef and Arpels opened their Rodeo Drive Salon in Beverly Hills in 1969, the first French firm to do so. Daniel was appointed Director and Vice President. He was instrumental in the transition of Rodeo Drive from a quaint shopping street to the international retail mecca it is today. Daniel was decorated on two occasions by the French government. The first time was for his services in the French Underground as a young teenager in German occupied Nantes during World War II. Then in 1982 he was recognized for his promotion of French commerce in the States by receiving the Medaille d'Argent from the Societe d'Encouragement au Progres. Daniel was a true bon vivant. His passions included food and wine, extensive world travel, piloting, and especially the game of backgammon. He truly loved the time he shared with family and friends at his homes in Middletown, Rhode Island and Montecito in his later years. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Patricia Keating Ryan, his daughter Carolene Ryan Bookman and her daughter Devon Nicole Bookman, both of Los Angeles, and his son Daniel Philippe Ryan of West Palm Beach, Florida. He also leaves behind his beloved dogs, Lily, Daisy and Cocoa, as well as an adoring extended family of three generations. Funeral services are private. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later time. In lieu of flowers we ask that you consider a donation to the Daniel P. Ryan Memorial Fund in support of Project Fatherhood at Children's Institute, Inc. (contact: www.childrensinstitute.org or 213-260-7650). Daniel's ever-present French charm will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on July 29, 2016
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