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This page is concerned with biographical data for John Patrick (Jack) Ryan and family.

Jack Ryan

Cathy Ryan

Emmet Ryan

Ryan Kids


Jack Ryan

Ryan, John Patrick, PhD, KCVO

HFRO, PG, COTK, CAPD, SOAF, DOH, WR, EO, TBatD, RR

Main protagonist (hero) in the above books. Works for CIA in various capacities. During earlier books exhibited a pathological fear of flying caused by severe injuries he sustained in a helicopter crash, magnified by the loss of his parents in an airplane crash. Made a large amount of money through LBO of Chicago and Northwestern Railroad. Was a broker at Merrill Lynch in Baltimore.

The following was written by Tom Clancy:

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Clancy delivers the FINAL and DEFINITIVE word on John Patrick Ryan's education.

1. Son of a police lieutenant, and graduate of Loyola High School, Towson, MD, Jack attended Boston College, graduating with a B.S. (or B.A., I never decided) in Economics (strong minor in History) and a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps (via NROTC), and while waiting for the Corps to assign him somewhere, passed the CPA exam.

2. After finishing the Basic Officers' Course at Quantico, VA, he deployed to a line unit as a platoon commander. Soon thereafter as part of the Atlantic Fleet Fleet Marine Force (FMF), he was gravely injured in a helicopter crash on the island of Crete. The Navy surgeons at Bethesda Naval Medical Center did an incomplete job of fixing his back.

3. This occasioned a lengthy recovery process (he was nearly addicted to narcotics as a result) after which, complete with a permanent disability, he left the USMC, passing his stock-broker's exam and taking a position with the Baltimore office of Merrill-Lynch.

4. Jack did so well there (also investing his own money and making about $6M) that a senior VP of the firm, Joe Muller, came to Baltimore to have dinner with Jack, with the objective of inviting Jack to the NYC headquarters. Also present was Joe's daughter, Caroline Muller, then a senior medical student at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Jack and Caroline (nickname Cathy) immediately fell in love. Along the way, while having dinner with his fiancee, Jack had his back blow up. Cathy took him directly to Hopkins, where the Professor of Neurosurgery fixed his back in relatively short order. Jack subsequently went nuts persuading the government to terminate his disability checks.

5. Having made all the money he wanted, Jack left the firm, enrolling at Georgetown University for his doctorate courses in history. Jack did a brief stint at the (then) Georgetown University Center for Strategic and International Studies, then accepted a teaching position at the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD.

6. Father Tim Riley, S.J., dropped Jack's name on a CIA contact, resulting in a brief consulting job at Langley, where he wrote a white paper called "Agents and Agencies," and also invented the Canary Trap, both of which came to the attention of Admiral James Greer, DDI/CIA.

7. The rest is history. ===========

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Cathy Ryan

Ryan, Caroline Muller, MD, FACS  

Maiden name: Caroline Muller 

Nickname: Cathy (TC says it's just a nickname - not a mistake)

Appears in: PG, HFRO, COTK, CAPD, SOAF, DOH, EO

Surgeon specializing in opthamalogical surgery. Married to Jack Ryan. Trained at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Teaches, researches, and performs surgery at the Wilmer Eye Institute of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Mother of 4 (eventually). Daughter of senior VP of a Wall Street investment firm.

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Emmet Ryan

Ryan, Lt. Emmet

Appears in: WR

Baltimore Police Dept. Homicide. Served with 101st Airborne in WWII at Battle of the Bulge. Father of Jack Ryan. Died in plane crash with wife (Jack's mother) between WR and PG.

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Ryan Kids

Sally, Jack, Jr., Katie

Appear in: All after birth

Sally is _ during PG. Jack, Jr. is born at the end of PG. Sally is 10 by SoAF. Jack, Jr. is 7 at the time of SoAF and will have first communion in April/May after SoAF.

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