COLUMBUS - Tom Ryan, a news anchor on Columbus television from the 1960s through the 1980s, died on Sunday of a heart attack. He was 81.
A native of Lima, Ryan started in television in his hometown. His break into the Columbus market came around 1960, said his son, Dennis Ryan of Chicago.
Tom Ryan, who lived in Upper Arlington, spent most of his career with WBNS-TV (Channel 10). As an anchor, Ryan delivered the news in a straightforward but conversational manner.
"He was concerned about accurate, honest reporting rather than hyping the news," Dennis Ryan said. "He was the image that he portrayed in his work, the way he dealt with his life."
In 1979, Tom Ryan joined WSYX (Channel 6) as its main anchor. He stayed with them until 1987. He sued the station for age discrimination in federal court, and the case was settled out of court.
Tom Ryan continued to appear on local television in commercials. He worked as a spokesman for Columbus Mayor Dana G. Rinehart's administration and then with Wilson Communications, which is involved in crisis management.
In addition to Dennis, Tom Ryan is survived by son Thomas; wife Joan; brother Bob; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Egan-Ryan Funeral Home Northwest Chapel, 4661 Kenny Rd., and one hour before the funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Andrew Catholic Church, 1899 McCoy Rd.