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Shirley Ryan
a.k.a. (also known as)
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Patrick Ryan, founder of Aon Corp., sponsor of Opening Night Benefit and Shirley Ryan at the Lyric Opera's 2008 Opera Ball. Photo: Cheri Eisenberg/Lyric Opera of Chicago
Shirley Ryan is a Chicago philanthropist.

BA, Northwestern University, 1962

Married to Patrick Ryan
Three children

Mrs. Ryan is a long-time advocate for persons with physical and sensory issues. With expert knowledge and counsel, she co-created and inspired Pathways Center (1985), a best-practices outpatient pediatric treatment center for infants and children, to unlock their physical and sensory movement abilities. She has been appointed by two United States Presidents to the National Council on Disability in Washington, and served for nine years on the council, which advises the President and Congress on issues of disability. Mrs. Ryan has served as chair and executive committee member of the Chicago Community Trust and serves on its Committee for Persons with Disabilities Fund.

Board member, Notre Dame University
Board member, the Chicago Council on Global Relations
Board member, the Art Institute of Chicago
Board member, the Lyric Opera of Chicago
Board member, the Alain Locke Charter Academy in Chicago
Board member, the Foundation of Education
Board member,  WTTW
Board member, Pathways Awareness

Recipient, Northwestern University Service Award
Recipient, the Harvard Club of Chicago Statesman of the Year Award
Recipient,  the Kids Count Award from Voices of Illinois Children

Media Coverage
1.Alison McNally
2.Clement Durkes
3.Debby Jannotta
4.Edgar Jannotta
5.Joan McKenna
6.Maggie Daley
7.Patrick Ryan
8.Pierre-Henry Gagey
9.Rachel Barton Pine
10.Renee Crown
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1.Image Gallery: Music Insitute of Chicago 81st Anniversary Gala
2.Image Gallery: Music Institute of Chicago 2010 Gala Kickoff
3.Image Gallery: Art Institute Modern Wing Opening Gala
4.Image Gallery: Lyric Opera of Chicago Wine Auction 2009
5.Image Gallery: Lyric Opera Opening Night and Opera Ball
6.Image Gallery: Lyric Opera of Chicago Opening Night and Opera Ball
7.Image Gallery: A.R.T. 2006 Benefit
8.Image Gallery: Lyric Opera 2006 Ball
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People & Parties >>MORE EVENTS 
JUN 02, 2012
Ross School Benefit
MAY 31, 2012
Mad. Square Art Benefit
MAY 22, 2012
MoMA Party in the Garden
MAY 22, 2012
Audubon Luncheon
MAY 21, 2012
Frick Spring Party
MAY 18, 2012
Barnes Foundation Gala
MAY 17, 2012
Noguchi Museum Benefit
MAY 14, 2012
ABT Gala
MoMA David Rockefeller Award Luncheon MoMA David Rockefeller Award Luncheon