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Volunteer Award Winner:
Judith Ryan

April 2012

Judith Ryan
 
Museum Shop Volunteer of the Year
 
Judith’s first memory of the DIA was in the 7th grade. Her father brought her family to see Flanders in the Fifteenth Century. As her paternal grandparents emigrated from West Flanders, this exhibition had special meaning for the family. In those days, Judith’s favorites were the spiral staircase and the Egyptian collection.
Judith was born at Harper Hospital and grew up on the northeast side. Her entire education was within the city of Detroit—Anthony Wayne Elementary, Dominican High, and the University of Detroit. Receiving a Master’s in Library Science from Wayne State provided Judith with a satisfying 33-year career in metro Detroit libraries. She retired in 2004.
Working as a volunteer in the Museum Shop since February 2007 has enhanced Judith’s retirement. She has worked in the shop mostly on Sundays and has enjoyed meeting people from around the country and the world. It’s been fun for her to explain the merchandise and help customers make their selections.
The DIA has been part of Judith’s life for more than 50 years. “Whenever the world looked mean and ugly to me, a visit to the DIA restored my spirits.”