In recognition of the unprecedented generosity of alumni Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan and their longtime support of the arts both at Northwestern and in the greater Chicago area, Northwestern University has named the recently opened music and communication building the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Center for the Musical Arts.
The architecturally striking building, located on the shore of Lake Michigan on Northwestern’s Evanston campus, is the home of the Bienen School of Music and the theater and performance studies departments and administrative offices of the School of Communication.
Pat Ryan '59, '97 P, '00 P, '09 H is a member and immediate past chairman of Northwestern's Board of Trustees. He and Shirley '61, '97 P, '00 P received the Northwestern Alumni Association Medal of Honor in 2013 and serve as co-chairs for We Will. The Campaign for Northwestern.