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Gerald Ryan

Gerald Ryan was born in Rock Prairie, TX, in 1932, but moved to Bryan and graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School there. At the age of 18, he went to work for the Southern Pacific Railroad as a telegrapher. While working the night shift, he enrolled at Baylor University, completing one semester there before transferring to Texas A&M. On his way to receiving a degree in Marketing, Gerald proudly spent time tutoring members of Aggie football coach Bear Bryant's team. After graduation, Ryan went to work with the Owens-Illinois Glass Company and by the time of his "early" retirement in 1988, he had risen to the position of general manager of the company's Dallas operation. In 2016, he moved from New Mexico back to the Bryan-College Station area to be closer to family and friends.

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