Our fraternity lost a friend and loyal Fiji on March 5th.
Follows is the obituary that appeared in the Seattle Times:
Gerald F. Ryles 1936 ~ 2015
Gerald F. Ryles, 78, passed away on March 5, 2015 after a long illness. Gerald, known to family and friends as Jerry, is survived by his wife of 55 years, Ann Birkenmeyer Ryles, and the couple’s three children, Grant Ryles of Fremont, CA; Mark Ryles of Moraga, CA, his wife Ann and daughters Kate and Sarah; Kelly Silver of Clyde Hill, WA, her husband Barney and children Baillie, Eli and Trudy. Jerry is also survived by his brother Mike Ryles and his wife Mary of Austin, TX.
Jerry was born to Janie Geraldine Ryles and Luna F. Ryles on April 3, 1936 in Walla Walla, WA. He graduated from Pomeroy High School and received a BA in 1958 from the University of Washington, where he was a proud member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, Purple Shield and Oval Club. He was also President of the Associated Men’s Students (AMS). He completed ROTC at UW where he was the distinguished military graduate of his class and served in the Army after graduating from UW.
After earning his MBA from Harvard Business School, Jerry and Ann lived on the East and West Coasts and eventually settled in Orinda, CA where they raised their children. During his business career of 41 years, he worked in a broad range of industries for a number of companies, including General Foods, McKinsey & Company and Microserv. He served on the Board of Directors for several public and private companies. At the time of his passing he was on the board of Zumiez as well as the Washington State Board of Accountancy. Jerry was a founding member of the Mentoring Program at the University of Washington Business School and he took great pleasure in dedicating himself to mentoring students and graduates. Apart from career pursuits, Jerry and Ann enjoyed traveling together to many wonderful places around the world.
Jerry will be remembered as a generous friend to many, always patient and with plenty of time for everyone he met. He loved statistics and facts and had a wonderful sense of humor. Above all, he was devoted to his family, who were the center of his life.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday, March 22nd, 2015 at the Overlake Golf and Country Club, 8000 NE 16th St, Medina, WA 98039. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Henry G. Kaplan Cancer Research Fund, http://www.swedishfoundation.org/kaplan.
Published in The Seattle Times from Mar. 15 to Mar. 18, 2015