John D. Ryder ’68 died on September 23, 2011, in Weston, Massachusetts, 11 years after suffering a brain injury.
He was born on October 29, 1945, in Akron, Ohio, and prepared for college at Oakwood High School in Dayton, Ohio, and Kiskiminetas Springs School in Saltsburg, Pa. He was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon at Bowdoin, and he went on to earn a master’s degree at Northeastern University in 1970. His ﬁnancial career included positions at Price Waterhouse, Howard Johnsons Co., SCA Services Inc., as corporate controller of Tyco Labs Inc., and chief ﬁnancial ofﬁcer and president of House Calls Inc. He began his own ﬁnancial consulting ﬁrm in 1991. He was a member of the American Institute of Certiﬁed Public Accountants, the Massachusetts Society of Certiﬁed Public Accountants, and the Financial Executives Institute. He was a member of the Christ Episcopal Church in Needham, Mass., Wellesley (Mass.) Country Club, Union Boat Club, Needham Pool and Racquet Club, Jaycees, and Exchange Club. He also worked as an adjunct professor of accounting at Northeastern University. He is survived by his wife of more than 40 years, Caroline Ellsworth Ryder; a son, John D. Ryder Jr.; a daughter, Margaret S. Ryder; two grandchildren; and three sisters, Jean R. Locke, Joan R. Ryder, and Ann R. Johnson. He was predeceased by two brothers, Richard R. Ryder and Howard W. Ryder III.