John K. Ryder

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Ryder, John K. DIAMOND POINT Captain John K. Ryder, U.S.N., retired, of Diamond Point, N.Y. died peacefully in his sleep on July 2, 2011. Born on February 8, 1924, Capt. Ryder was the son of the late John M. Ryder and Helen Brown Ryder of Schenec tady, N.Y. Captain Ryder was predeceased by his wife, Joan Hanigan Ryder and his sister, Jane Ryder Uggla. He is survived by his two daughters, Sarah L. Ryder of Austin, Texas and Lt. Col. Lisa C. Ryder of Huntsville, Alabama; a son, John K. Ryder Jr. and his wife, Mary Ellen Ryder of Redding, Conn.; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Captain Ryder attended Cornell University where he was a member of Chi Psi, a national fraternity. After serving in the Navy in World War II, he graduated from the United States Naval Academy in the class of 1948. He later received a master's degree in business administration from George Washington University. While in the United States Navy, he served on U.S.S. Jeffers and two aircraft carriers, U.S.S. Saratoga and U.S.S. Intrepid. He also served with the U.S. Military Advisory Group in Athens, Greece, the U.S. Navy's logistic complex in Yokosuka, Japan, the Naval Air Station in Norfolk, Va. and the the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations in Washington, D.C. After serving 26 years, he retired from the U.S. Navy and returned to Lake George, N.Y., where he owned and operated the real estate firm, Robert W. Leavitt, Inc. Captain Ryder was a strong environmentalist. He was appointed a commissioner of the Adirondack Park Agency by Governor Mario Cuomo and was later asked to be its chairman by Governor George Pataki. He was chairman of the Fund for Lake George and was also founder and later chairman of the Lake George Land Conservancy. A service in celebration of his life will be held Wednesday, July 5 at 11:00 a.m. at Saint Sacrament Episcopal Church, Bolton Landing, N.Y. Family will receive friends at the parish hall before the service beginning at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Lake George Land Conservancy at 4905 Lake Shore Dr., Bolton Landing, NY 12814, the Fund for Lake George at PO Box 352, Lake George, NY 12845 or the at PO Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090. Arrangements are under the direction of the Regan and Denny Funeral Home, 53 Quaker Road, Quensbury. For those who wish online condolences may be made by visiting our website at
Published in Albany Times Union on July 4, 2011
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