Our friend and former partner, Bob Ryan, passed away on May 7, 2019 at his home in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania at the age of 90. His wife, Priscilla, passed away about a month later on June 11, 2019.
Bob was born and raised in New Jersey, graduated from Princeton University in 1950, and received his J.D. from Harvard University School of law. He interrupted his studies at Harvard Law School to enlist in the Army and served as a first lieutenant in the artillery in Korea. After returning to Harvard and receiving his law degree in 1956, he moved to Philadelphia and joined Drinker Biddle & Reath. He remained with the firm until he retired as a managing partner in 1992. Bob focused his practice on anti-trust matters but was also an expert on zoning and authored Pennsylvania Zoning Law and Practice, which is used throughout the state. From 1983 until 1996 he was chairman of Barton Mines Corporation, whose mines are in the Adirondacks and Western Australia. He also served for many years as advisor to the Board of Directors of Meritor Savings Bank (formerly known as PSFS).
Beginning in 1972, Bob and his family would spend their summers in Eagles Mere, Pennsylvania. While there, Bob helped his wife, Priscilla, an accomplished violinist, revitalize a classical music tradition that had once thrived in that resort area. He was a prime influence in building an arts center there. After retiring from Drinker Biddle, they moved to Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, within driving distance of Eagles Mere.
Bob and his wife are survived by their three sons Arthur, David, and John.