Brother Leo V. Ryan CSV

April 6, 1927June 22, 2016

Br. Leo V. Ryan, C.S.V. died June 22, 2016 at the Moorings of Arlington Heights Rehabilitation Center in Arlington Heights, IL. Br. Ryan was born on April 6, 1927 in Waukon, IA, the son of John and Mary (O’Brien) Ryan. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, James and one nephew, Daniel Hart. He is survived by his sister, Elizabeth E. Hart of Waukon, one nephew, Gregory (Kathy) Hart of Sioux City, Iowa, his niece, Mrs. Christine (Christopher) Cummings of Sussex, WI and his niece Mrs. Diane (Larry) Wolfe and their children Elizabeth and Ryan Wolfe of Charles City, IA. After graduation from St. Patrick High School in Waukon in 1944, Br. Ryan enrolled as a student at the R.A. Johnston College of Business Administration at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. In 1945, he was inducted into the United States Army where he served in a variety of assignments until November, 1946. He then returned to Marquette University earning a B.S. in business administration. He went on to complete graduate studies at DePaul University in Chicago, earning an M.B.A. and then at Saint Louis University School of Commerce and Finance, where he earned a Ph.D. in management and educational administration. He received honorary degrees, awards, and medals from universities and organizations in the United States and Europe. Br. Ryan was a prolific author, publishing numerous books, articles and lectures in the area of business and business ethics, with a concentration on the economy of Poland. Br. Ryan pronounced his first vows as a member of the Clerics of St. Viator on March 2, 1950 and perpetual vows on Feb. 2, 1955. He was assigned as teacher and business manager at Cathedral Boys High School, Springfield, IL, (1950-1951) and at Spalding Institute, Peoria, IL, (1952-1954). He then was assigned to Saint Louis University, as teaching assistant in management and marketing (1954-1957). During his years at Marquette University, (1957-1965), he served as Assistant Professor, director of the evening division of the College of Business Administration, Assistant Dean, Director of Continuing Education, coordinator of all university evening divisions and summer sessions, Director of Peace Corps activities for the university and Professor of Industrial Management. In July 1965, he was named Chairman of the Department of Management for the College of Business Administration at Loyola University in Chicago. From January through December, 1966, he served as deputy director and administrative officer for the U. S. Peace Corps in Nigeria-Lagos, Nigeria. In 1967, he served the Viatorian Community as a member of the General Council in Rome and then as Director of Education for the Province of Chicago. In 1972 he was named as the first President of Saint Viator High School in Arlington Heights, IL, where he served until 1974. He then was appointed as Dean of the College of Business Administration at the University of Notre Dame, (1975-1980), and then as Dean of the College of Commerce and Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University in Chicago, (1980-1988). From 1991 – 2001, Br. Ryan lectured at the Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration in Mikkeli, Finland; the Adam Mickiewicz University and the Poznan University of Economics and Business in Poznan, Poland. In 1999, Br. Ryan moved into the retirement residence at the Viatorian Province Center, 1212 E. Euclid Avenue, Arlington Heights, IL. He once again served his community as Chair of the Querbes Commission for the Province of Chicago from 2001-2009. Br. Ryan requested that his body be donated to science. A memorial Mass will be held July 2, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Saint Viator High School, 1213 E. Oakton St. in Arlington Heights. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Br. Leo V. Ryan, C.S.V. Scholarship Fund at Saint Viator High School in Arlington Heights, IL or the Br. Leo V. Ryan, C.S.V. Endowed Scholarship in Management at DePaul University in Chicago, IL.


  • Memorial Mass Saturday, July 2, 2016

Brother Leo V. Ryan CSV

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December 21, 2016

Brother Leo was a very inspiring Alpha Kappa Psi and St Viator Brother. He connected beautifully in the Jesuit community and internationally and in the US Navy world. God bless him.

Ron Lynch
Marquette 1958

Biff Bilstein

July 3, 2016

A truly wonderful person, intelligent energetic and personable. We met at Marquette in 1958 (tho he was Alpha Kappa Psi & I was Delta Sigma Pi), renewed acquaintance at Micky Finn's is San Diego in 1962, following his eye surgery recouped with me in Boulder in 1969,was in our wedding in 1970, stayed with us many times in Darien and Boulder.
Leo was a mentor and advisor in many of my career and personal decisions.
I will truly miss him and his Christmas letter,

Tina Welch

July 2, 2016

Brother Leo was a wonderful caring man and cousin. He often called asking about my ailing mother and after she passed away called to ask how my brothers and sister were doing. He was constantly thinking of others and will be sadly missed.

Stephen McPartlin

June 30, 2016

Leo was a great teacher,mentor and friend. He was always there when he was needed with his great insight and sound advise. He was my professor at Marquette and continued to be a friend thought my life. He attended all our family weddings starting with mine and was Godfather to our daughter. Our 3rd son was named Ryan.
We were proud to have him on the board of directors at Henricksen for 30 years. He guided us through some stressful years with his expertise. After I bought Henricksen, He asked to see our financial statement. I gave a 3 month old statement and he said in his quick wit, "This isn't a financial statement, this is a historical document!" From there on in, I always kept "it" current.
Leo "Walked with Kings, but never abandoned the common touch."This kept him close to countless people.
Brother Ryan was always prepared to remind us that our successes were "Gifts from God" rather than from our own efforts.
You will always remain in our hearts with fondness,
Steve McPartlin and Family

Dr. Nicholas Mathys

June 30, 2016

Bro Leo was that exceptional leader who understood on one level WHAT critical actions were needed to advance DePaul's Business school and also HOW to obtain the needed resources to accomplish it. But, more importantly, on a more personal level he always had time for people to say hello and sincerely ask them how things were going.

I have been blessed to have counted him as a friend.

Dr. Nicholas Mathys

June 30, 2016

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

June 29, 2016

Brother Leo is a man that will never be forgotten by the Johnson family. He worked for my Dad while a student at St Patrick High School as his Book Keeper. He was my fathers best friend and worked for may Dad. He commented was the intelligent individual and friend he ever had. Grace and I agree that he is our friend we will miss his Christmas Letters. Brother Leo you will be missed by everyone....GOD BLESS

Ken and Grace Johnson, Las Vegas, NV

Michael Bava

June 28, 2016

Brother Leo was a wonderful friend to the Diocese of Joliet and to Bishop Conlon. He reconstituted the Diocesan Finance Council in 2006/2007 and was its first Chair. He served a total of nine years on the Diocesan Finance Council and also served on the Property and Development Committees. He generously shared his knowledge and experience with the diocese and many of its constituencies. His sage advice was always welcomed and valued by Bishop Conlon, his colleagues on the Finance Council and the many people he met and helped. Our diocese and all those that served with Brother Leo are much better off for having known him. We will all miss him.

Dr. Kenneth Thompson

June 28, 2016

A great leader who could listen and then work with others to get things done. I have the most respect for this giant among leaders, warm friend, and one who gave to humanity all his life as a religious, a member of the peace core, a dean at three highly ranked universities, and a good listener and story teller.. God has blessed you Brother Leo and we have been blessed with your presence,

Martin Williams

June 28, 2016

May God find a place place in His Kingdom for Bro. Leo Ryan.

It was an honor to know him.