William Charles Ryan

May 1, 1930 ~ January 21, 2021 (age 90)


Dr. William Charles Ryan M.D. age 90, of Somerset, died January 21, 2021, at Meadow View Nursing Center. Born May 1, 1930 in San Francisco, CA, son of William Bernard Ryan and Gladys Marx Ryan. Preceded in death by parents; first wife, Alice Catherine Long Ryan on August 26, 2003; son, Thomas More Ryan on April 25, 2003; brother James Ryan and sister, Barbara Ryan Stauble. Survived by wife, Donna L. Burnworth Ryan, to whom he was married almost 12 years; children: Cecilia A. wife of David Hughes of Somerset; James E. and wife, Renee Twombly of Opelika, AL; Mary A. Onstead of Danville, VA; Kevin W. and wife, Cindy Connelly Ryan of Silver Spring, MD; Theresa L, wife of Thomas Kumpf of Garner, NC; Maureen A., wife of Alan Hay of Pittsburgh, PA; Karen M. of Reisterstown, MD; grandchildren: Thea J. Ryan, New York, NY; Devon M. Firestone, Houston, TX; Conal K. Ryan, Silver Spring, MD; Grady, Owen and Patrick Kumpf, Garner, NC; Abrea and Tanner Hay, Pittsburgh, PA; and Caroline Keim, Reisterstown, MD, also sister Mary Ryan of Brooklyn, NY. The Ryan family expresses its appreciation to all who join us in remembrance of Bill Ryan. We are especially grateful to the caregivers of Meadow View Nursing Home for making a pleasant home for Bill over many years. Bill grew up in San Francisco, where he and attended Roman Catholic grammar school. His parents later moved to Los Angeles, where Bill attended high school and starred as a competitive swimmer and later began college at UCLA in 1948. When his family moved East, Bill transferred to college at Georgetown University, where he studied as a pre-medical student, received his medical degree with First Honors in Psychiatry, and - most importantly -- met his first wife, Alice Long, a nursing student. By 1958 the couple were married and on their way to Pittsburgh, where Bill finished his psychiatric training. Bill and Alice loved the Pennsylvania life and decided to stay, moving to beautiful Somerset County and the special community that our family have called home for many decades. Bill was an active member of St. Peter's Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus; former Grand Knight. His many professional accomplishments reflect his devotion to care and service for others. He worked for Somerset State Hospital for a cumulative 27 years, including 10 years as Superintendent. Member of the Somerset Community Hospital active staff for many years and maintained a private psychiatry practice in Somerset. Certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. Member of the Pennsylvania Medical Society, American Psychiatric Association, Somerset County Medical Society, American Society of Addiction Medicine, and the American Medical Association. Private viewing and services for family will occur Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at Hauger-Zeigler Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Somerset with Fr. Stephen Shin Celebrant Committal Somerset County Memorial Park. A public memorial will be planned for a later date. Contributions: Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, 960 Penn Avenue, #1000, Pittsburgh, PA 15222; or Birthright of Somerset, 238 West Union Street, Somerset, PA 15501. To leave a condolence please visit

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