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