International Vice President Emeritus John J. (“Jack”) Ryan passed away on Sunday, April 16, 2000 at his home in Burtonsville, Maryland. He was 80 years old.
Brother Ryan was elected by the General Executive Board to serve as an International Vice President in March of 1974. He served on the IATSE Defense Fund Committee, and was a Trustee of the IATSE Annuity Fund. He also accepted many special assignments as an International Representative for the IATSE. He retired as International Vice President in 1998, at which time the title of International Vice President Emeritus was conferred upon him.
Brother Ryan served five years in the U.S. Army Infantry and was an officer during World War II until his release in 1946.
In March 1944, he became a member of Local 22, Washington, D.C. He served as an officer of that Local for over 30 years, holding the positions of President and Vice President. He was active in establishing the Local’s Pension and Welfare Plans. In 1979, he organized and became President of Local B868. Other offices held include Acting President of Studio Mechanics Local 479, Georgia from 1986-1989 and Business Administrator of Studio Mechanics Local 487 Mid-Atlantic Region. Brother Ryan served as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Theater in Washington, D.C. since its inception in 1974.
Brother Ryan is survived by his 4 children. The family is requesting any donations made in his name go to the Children’s Hospital, 111 Michigan Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20010 (202-884-5000).
The entire IA family mourns the loss of this loyal and devoted IA brother.