Professor Emeritus Robert Ryan (1930-2000)
The Robert Ryan professorship was established in 2001 as part of a $720,000 bequest from professor emeritus Robert Ryan, who passed away in 2000 following a 42-year career at Ithaca College. He came to the College in 1956 and was instrumental in creating both the history major and history honors program. He served as department chair from 1969 to 1979 and again from 1985 to 1986. His teaching included courses on ancient history as well as modern Germany and the Holocaust, an area in which he developed a major interest during the 1980s. Professor Ryan's career was distinguished by his dedication to students, his integrative vision of the humanities, and his continuing commitment to intellectual renewal. He was especially admired for his ability to bring out the best in both his colleagues and students, something his bequest continues to allow for.
Ryan's bequest also supports scholarships for both incoming and continuing history students. According to Michael Trotti, associate professor of history, "Thanks to his bequest, we have been able to give over $120,000 in aid to students. His gift means so much to the history department, the students, the faculty, and the school of H&S."