LOCKPORT - A 1960 graduate of DeSales High School in Lockport, who is a member of the school's Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame, gave $500,000 to his alma mater last week - the largest donation in school history.
David J. Ryan is the retired president and CEO of Rimrock Corp., a Columbus, Ohio, company that produced automation equipment for the die-casting industry. Since his retirement, Ryan has been engaged in philanthropy, leading the construction of a new cancer hospital at Ohio State University and helping expand two churches.
He said he and his wife Ellen decided to make the gift after touring DeSales before his Oct. 6 Hall of Fame induction. DeSales Catholic School, as it's now known, is no longer a high school, offering classes from preschool to eighth grade.
"DeSales renewed our faith in our youth and helped us to realize that we can have a great educational system if enough of us give it the support that our children deserve," Ryan said. The school's board of trustees has formed a special committee to decide how to use the money.