To the editor:
Thank you for your front page coverage, editorial and obituary on my friend Dr. Bill Ryan. Fort Dodge has truly lost one of its strongest promoters. Bill was always ready to work tirelessly for the Fort Museum, Frontier Days, the Dragoons, the National Guard and Army Reserve, and city of Fort Dodge.
I had the pleasure of working alongside Dr. Bill when he joined our sales staff at Dodgen Industries. He had wrapped up his long 34-year career with Fort Dodge Animal Health. Then he came to help us sell the Dodgen Mobile Veterinary Clinics. I remember working a couple of trade shows with Bill, and our exhibit would be busy with friends and former customers of Bill's from his days at Fort Dodge Animal Health just stopping by just to say "hi" and visit. I found that he was very well respected nationwide, and our product sales grew during his tenure.
Dr. Bill truly took a negative and made a positive out of it. Can you imagine going through many years of college to learn to be a veterinarian and then being limited in your years of practice by being allergic to the medicines? Bill experienced that but then moved on to other serious careers affiliated to his love of animals, especially horses.
Bill was an Iowan, but truly did have a love for Texas and the old West. He will be sadly missed by me and many others.