It is with great sadness that we announce that Brother Kevin Ryan, FSC (Physics & Natural Science, Retired) passed away on Sunday, August 20 at age 78, and in the 61st year of his religious profession as a De La Salle Christian Brother.
Brother Kevin was born in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1938 and first encountered the Christian Brothers as his teachers at Cretin High School in St. Paul. He entered the Brothers in 1956 and received his BS and MEd degrees at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. He taught in schools in Illinois, Nebraska, and Tennessee, as well as at Bethlehem University in Palestine-Israel. He came to CBU in 1978 and taught physics, chemistry, the history of science, and astronomy. He announced his retirement from the classroom teaching in May of 2017 and had planned to begin a less-structured life to begin this present school year. His particular interest was astronomy, and at times he could be seen at night with groups of students in his residence yard studying various phases of the moon and varying star formations. He died the day before the solar eclipse, an event he must have awaited with great interest and enthusiasm.
He was an avid sports enthusiast — golf being his personal game of choice, the Twins and Vikings his celebrated teams, and all CBU and Christian Brothers High School sports (but especially football at CBHS).
Brother Kevin is survived by his sister, Mauree Wolter, of St. Paul/Minneapolis, MN, several nieces and nephews, and his Christian Brothers community of Lambert Hall on the CBU campus and CBHS. Preceding him in death was his brother, James A. Ryan.
Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, August 26 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, with the wake at 9:00-10:00 a.m., Mass at 10:30 a.m., and a reception to follow in Marian Hall. A private graveside service will be held on Monday, August 28 at Calvary Cemetery for the Brothers and Affiliated Members, AFSC.
Please keep Brother Kevin, his family, and all of the Christian Brothers in your thoughts and prayers. Donations in memory of Brother Kevin may be made to the Christian Brothers of the Midwest or to Christian Brothers University.