2016 First Citizen of Virginia Beach Award

2016 Honoree

Daniel N. Ryan, Sr.

A standout citizen, Dan Ryan, has been serving the community in various capacities for years. From an article recently written in the VA Pilot, “The [VB] Jaycees commended Ryan’s community service, leadership and dedication to the future of Hampton Roads. He was instrumental in raising money 30 years ago to build what is now the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center; and he spearheaded fundraising for the Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters Health and Surgery Center at Princess Anne. Ryan has served on several boards, including the Neptune Festival, Crime Solvers, The Chamber of Commerce and The Navy League.” After hearing from several other community supporters, we learned Ryan  completely embodied what it meant to be a First Citizen of Virginia Beach. Kathy Katsias, in one of the 24 letters of nomination in Ryan’s name wrote, “He’s a leader, a giver, a doer and a man of deep convictions … he’s always ready with a hand, a smile and an offer to help.” The VB Jaycees are honored to welcome Ryan into the First Citizen of Virginia Beach family and look forward to working with him more in the future.

Daniel N. Ryan Sr., 2016 First Citizen of Virginia Beach Honoree

First Citizen Award Past Recipients

1950 – James Kontopanos

1951 – E.B. Bayne

1952 – J. Peter Holland, Ill

1953 – Woody Seamans

1954 – Mrs. Gilmore Tilbrook

1955 – Dr. Robert Woodhouse

1956 – R. Lee Page

1957 – Sidney S. Kellam

1958 – Rhae W. Adams

1959 – Frank Tarrall, Jr.

1960 – Louise Brown Wilson

1961 – George D. Brooke

1962 – Claiborne Bryant

1963 – Richard Absalom

1964 – Hugh Lynn Cayce

1965 – Frank W. Cox

1966 – Dr. Waller Taylor

1967 – Mrs. Wallace Clark

1968 – Hunter C. Phelan

1969 – Ragan Bradshaw Pulley

1970 – Mrs. Philip Lee Russo

1971 – James P. Sadler

1972 – Algy W. Cohen

1973 – Mable Owen

1974 – John T. Banks, Jr.

1975 – Mary Ellen Cox

1976 – Robert M. Stanton

1977 – Charles Forbes

1978 – Judge Robert Wahab Jr.

1979 – Eileen Ayvazian

1980 – Walter Noona

1981 – Michael Savvides

1982 – Dr. Edward Brickell

1983 – Aaron A. Parsons

1984 – Alfred “Skip” Wilkins, Jr.

1985 – James N. Fletcher

1986 – B.H. “Pat” Bridges, Jr.

1987 – E.T. “Joe” Buchanan, Ill

1988 – Harold Heischober

1989 – Thomas A. Barton, Jr.

1990 – Andrew S. Fine

1991 – Rev. John H. Jordan, Jr.

1992 – Priscilla M. Beede

1993 – Heather lace

1994 – Michael J. Barrett

1995 – Elizabeth “Betty” Busciglio

1996 – Edward B. Snyder

1997 – Frank Drew

1998 – Michael Katsias

1999 – Dorothy Wood

2000 – Nancy A. Creech

2001 – Thomas C. Broyles

2002 – Owen B. Pickett

2003 – Harry T. Lester

2004 – Thomas R. Frantz

2005 – William D. Sessoms, Jr.

2006 – John F. Malbon

2007 – Linwood 0. Branch, Ill

2008 – Macon F. Brock

2009 – Helen Dragas

2010 – Pearl Smith

2011 – Charles Barker

2012 – Bruce Thompson

2013 – Ramon W. Breeden, Jr.

2014 – Aubrey Layne, Jr.

2015 – Fred Napolitano, Sr.

2016 – Daniel N. Ryan Sr.

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