2012 – Distinguished Public Service to Earth Science Award

Award: Distinguished Public Service to Earth Science

Awardee: Timothy M. Ryan

Citation: Published in the November 2012 Outcrop.

Tim, a graduate of Harvard University and a veteran of the petroleum industry for more than 30 years, has shared his passion for geology in numerous ways over the past several years. Although he has also served on the Board of Directors of the Denver Mountain Parks Foundation, Tim’s energy has been focused mainly on the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. His contributions to the museum began in 2002 when he joined the Leadership Circle Advisory Council to help identify, attract and maintain high level donors. In 2006 to help further the goals of the council, Tim and his wife Kathryn created and funded a program called the KT Challenge, where museum curators annually vie for a $10,000 cash award by devising interesting programs specifically designed for Leadership Circle members. To choose the winner, the members then vote on the most fun, interesting, educational, exciting and memorable program.

In 2007, Tim was appointed to the museum’s Board of Trustees and is now serving as Vice Chair of that group. In this capacity, he and his wife have established the Tim and Kathryn Ryan Earth Sciences Fund with a one million dollar gift that underwrites the first endowed curator in the history of the museum, with James W. Hagadorn being the first scientist to fill this position.

As Tim said in an article published in the museum newsletter in 2006, philanthropy and volunteering is “not necessarily a duty but it almost is. I feel compelled to give to the community because I can. But, I choose to give to the entity that excites me the most.” Thankfully for the museum, Tim’s enthusiasm for geology drove him to choose the premier natural science museum in the Rocky Mountain area.

In recognition of ongoing contributions of time and money in support of science education through the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the RMAG proudly presents Tim Ryan with the 2012 Distinguished Public Service to Earth Science Award.