Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation And Institute Offers Condolences on The Death Of U.S. Senator John McCain

Ronald Reagan & John McCain
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(Simi Valley, Ca) Fred Ryan, Chairman Of The Board Of The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation And Institute offered condolences upon news of Senator John McCain’s passing.

Ryan, shared the following statement

“With profound sorrow, the Reagan Foundation mourns the passing of U.S. Senator John McCain. Today we say goodbye to an American patriot whose determination and courage improved the lives of people throughout Arizona, across the United States, and around the world.

Like President Reagan, Senator McCain was inspired by America’s ideals of liberty. He understood that safeguarding freedom and rights of self-determination across the globe starts with a responsible, confident foreign policy for the United States. In his public service and work with private organizations, he championed the men and women of the U.S. military who carry out this vital mission. And, like President Reagan, he celebrated and supported pro-democracy dissidents — recognizing that there is nothing tyrants fear more than citizens willing to risk everything for their freedom.

Senator McCain was himself an inspiring risk-taker. Time and again, he demonstrated his willingness to sacrifice for his country and his beliefs. From his extraordinary courage in a Hanoi dungeon to his practice of putting principle over political expediency, he consistently modeled character and conviction.

Governor and Mrs. Reagan first came to know John McCain as a returning prisoner of war whose POW bracelet they had worn. That bracelet has been on display in the Reagan Library since its opening in 1991. In the years after, he became a deeply respected and cherished personal friend. In our time of sadness, it is good to know that tears of joy are being shed as Ron, Nancy, and John are together again.

The Reagan foundation gives thanks for Senator McCain’s remarkable life and service, and we extend our heartfelt condolences to Cindy and the entire McCain family.”

History of Fred Ryan

Frederick J. Ryan, Jr. is Publisher and Chief Executive Officer of The Washington Post.  Previously, he was co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Politico.

From 1989 until 1995, he served as Chief of Staff to former President Ronald Reagan. He was responsible for overseeing all of President Reagan’s activities including domestic and international issues, government relations, political affairs and public relations. He served as President Reagan’s personal representative in numerous meetings with Heads of State around the world, as well as leaders of the international business community.

From 1982 to 1989, Mr. Ryan served on the White House Staff, and was Assistant to the President of the United States, one of the youngest people ever to serve in such a position. His responsibilities in the White House included directing Presidential Appointments and Scheduling, where he was responsible for long-range strategic planning and communications strategy for the White House. He served on the 1984 Reagan/Bush re-election team.

Mr. Ryan also served as Director of the White House Private Sector Initiatives program where he was the President’s liaison to the American and international business communities. He conceived and directed the International Conference on Private Sector Initiatives (Paris, France 1986), the Italian-American Conference on Private Sector Initiatives (Milan and Venice, Italy 1987) and the British-American Conference on Private Sector Initiatives (London, England 1988). These unique gatherings included Chief Executive Officers of major international corporations, the Prime Ministers of France and England, the President of the United States and His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales.

Prior to joining the White House staff, Mr. Ryan was an attorney with the Los Angeles law firm of Hill, Farrer & Burrill.  While engaged in his practice, he published several articles on various aspects of the law.  He is presently a member in good standing of the State Bar of California, the District of Columbia Bar and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Ryan is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Foundation and Chairman of the Ronald Reagan Centennial Commission.  He is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of The White House Historical Association, and serves as a Trustee on the Board of several other nonprofit organizations including, Ford’s Theatre, The National Museum of American History, and the Board of Councilors of the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Southern California.

Mr. Ryan is the editor of Ronald Reagan: The Wisdom and Humor of The Great Communicator, published by Harper Collins in 1995, and Ronald Reagan: The Great Communicator, published by Harper Collins in 2001.  He was Executive Producer of the highly acclaimed video of the Reagan Presidency, entitled “The Reagan Years.”

Mr. Ryan graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Southern California in 1977 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Speech Communication.  He received his Juris Doctorate with an academic honor from the University of Southern California Law Center in 1980.

History of the Reagan Foundation

The mission of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute is to complete President Reagan’s unfinished work and to preserve the principles he championed: individual liberty, economic opportunity, global democracy and national pride.  Specifically, the mission of the new Reagan Institute operating as an entity of the Foundation from both the Reagan Library in California as well as in Washington, D.C., is to move well beyond the Foundation’s mission to preserve the memory of our 40th President.

The Reagan Institute proactively promotes his ideals, vision, and leadership example for the benefit of generations to come through youth education and academic alliances, scholarly work, and substantive, issue-driven forums.

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