William F. Ryan, of Port Orange Fl , passed away January 19, 2013. William was born in Nankin Township , Michigan, the son of William Henry and Gertrude Mary Ryan. He graduated fron East Detroit High School in 1942 as a valedictorian. He enrolled in the University of Michigan but left in 1943 to enlist in the Navy. He attended midshipmen's school at Fort Schuyler, NY and the Navy's Japanese Language School at the Univerisity of Colorado. He served in the Pacific and on occupational duty in post-war Japan.
William was a member of the VFW, American Legion and the Military Intelligence Service Veterans of Oahu. He graduated the University of Michigan in 1948, then pursued graduate studies at Georgetown University, Columbia University and the University of Padua (Italy). During the Cold War he undertook diplomatic assignments in the Soviet Union, Italy and Japan.
He married Polynesian Princess Loke Waiau in 1956 and they made Hawaii their home until her death in 1968.
In business, William was an investment broker, and director and officer of numerous corporations. He spent the last 20 years of his career as Risk Manager for the University of Michigan. He was a founder and president of the American Society for Hospital Risk Management of the American Hospital Association, and founder and president of the Veritas Insurance Corporation. A pioneer in funded self-insurance, William was known as the "Father of Hospital Risk Management." In 1981 , Business Insurance named him "Institutional Risk Manager of the Year".
William retired in 1988 and in 2001 became a resident of Florida's Spruce Creek Fly-In. He was a member of Our Lady of Hope Parish in Port Orange, FL and St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Ann Arbor, MI . Funeral services and interment will be in Ann Arbor, MI.