Alice M. Ryan
October 15, 1929 – October 11, 2018
Alice M. Ryan, age 88, of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully on October 11, 2018 at her home in Millcroft Senior Living.
Alice was a treasured member of St. Andrews’ school faculty which she joined in 1975 and subsequently became their first female administrator. A graduate of Wellesley College with masters’ degrees from Middlebury College/Sorbonne and the University of Delaware, Alice honored her father’s wishes by devoting her life to education.
Alice’s many talents helped serve the good of the Middletown community where she was instrumental in the founding of the Cooperative Kindergarten was well as the former Broadmeadow School. She also served as the Trustee of Appoquinimink Public Library, even contributing to its interior design.
Prior to Alice joining the faculty as St. Andrews, she was a substitute teacher there, played the organ in Chapel and served as assistant registrar. She was appointed a teacher of French and registrar in 1975, and in 1979 she became director of studies until 1987.
St. Andrews’ class of 1987 honored Alice by dedicating their yearbook to her. During her career at the school, Alice taught French, Latin, English and even math in addition to her many administrative duties and extracurricular activities.
Alice loved to travel and entertain friends at her home and she was a voracious reader. She was active in AAUW (American Association of University Women) and was a long-time active member of St. Thomas’ Church in Newark. The movie “Dead Poets Society” was filmed at St. Andrews School and Alice was cast as the headmaster’s secretary.
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 11 am on Saturday, November 10, 2018, at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 276 South College Avenue, Newark, DE 19711, where a memorial service will begin at 11 am. Interment will be held privately.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Alice’s memory to St. Thomas Episcopal Church at the address listed above.