Ryan’s Pub in the new Gallagher Student Center serves up memories alongside its meals. Stephen G. Ryan of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Charles P. Gallagher, a Toledo native and Denver businessman, were roommates, best friends and graduates of the Class of 1960. And when Gallagher donated the funds to build the new center, he asked that the pub be named in memory of his friend.
A collage of photos and memorabilia adorns one wall inside the pub, with a quote from Gallagher reading: “Let all who enter here hoist a toast to Steve Ryan, my best friend, and everyone’s best friend of the Class of 1960.”
Ryan, a former Navy lieutenant who served in Vietnam from 1964 to 1965, died in 1981 at age 42 of heart disease.