Ryan, McFaddens are parade marshals

Ryan, McFaddens are parade marshals Helen Jones Ryan, the 1939 Miss Dakota, will serve as parade marshal and former University of South Dakota President Joseph and Norma McFadden will be honorary parade marshals during Dakota Days 1999 at USD this week.

Ryan of Porter, IN, and the McFaddens of Houston, TX, will convene over Dakota Day activities including the homecoming parade on Saturday morning.

Ryan, who was Miss Dakota 60 years ago, is originally from Houghton. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in 1939 from USD.

A member of Alpha Phi sorority and many other student organizations during her campus years, she married Billy Ryan of Sioux Falls. Ryan, also a 1939 graduate of USD, was a member of the football team that defeated Morningside (13-0) on Dakota Day that fall. Ryan was recognized nationally when Collver's New Bureau of Chicago picked him as the quarterback on their Little All-American Football Team in 1938, the first USD player to receive Little All-American recognition.

After their marriage in 1941, Helen and Billy lived in Houston, Atlanta, Washington DC, and Chicago. Billy was an FBI agent for 11 years before becoming vice-president of Industrial Relations at Inland Steel. They are the parents of eight children. Mr. Ryan died in 1991.

The McFaddens lived in South Dakota from 1977 to 1988 while Dr. McFadden served as president of two public universities including USD from 1982-88. He was president of Northern State University in Aberdeen from 1977-82.

After leaving USD, McFadden was president of The University of St. Thomas in Houston until 1997. Today, he is a professor of history and president emeritus at the University of St. Thomas. McFadden has been involved in community service throughout his career including serving as chair of the board for the Shrine to Music Museum at USD since 1998. He is also vice president of the Gateway Foundation (since 1998) and chair of the education committee on the St. Johns School Board (since 1992). He is chair-elect for the Houston Committee on Foreign Relations.

McFadden also served as a dean at Slippery Rock (PA) State University from 1974-77 and dean of the University of Nebraska at Kearney (1970-74). He was also vice president, dean, chair and associate professor at Lewis University in Lockport, IL, from 1960-70. Dr. McFadden earned his bachelor of arts degree in history in 1954 from Lewis University and a master of arts degree in history from the University of Chicago in 1961. He earned his Ph.D. in history from Northern Illinois University at Dekalb in 1968. The McFaddens have three grown children.

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