Celebrating Val and John Ryan

Dec 16, 2021

More than 100 members and guests gathered in the gallery on Saturday, 4 December to celebrate the Life and Legacy of the late John and Valerie Ryan

Valerie gifted the residue of her estate, with an estimated value of $20million, equally to the Foundation and the Hunter Medical Research Institute. The Valerie and John Ryan Bequest is thought to be the largest Bequest in Hunter history.

Friends, family and supporters of HMRI and the Foundation enjoyed drinks and canapes while being serenaded by pianist Terence Koo on the  Gallery’s Stuart and Sons Piano which Valerie contributed towards commissioning. Other major acquisitions she supported during her lifetime were also on display for guests to enjoy.

Val’s niece Megan McManus, Gallery Director, Lauretta Morton, HMRI Chair Kyle Loades and former Foundation Chair and Val’s friend, Judy Hart, spoke of Val’s love of life and what this ‘game changing’ gift means to art and science in the Hunter region.

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Images L>R: 1.Suzie Galwey, Kyle Loades, Judy Hart, Megan McManus, Lauretta Morton. 2. Megan McManus. 3. Judy Hart and guests


Images L>R: 1. Peter Evans, Suzanne Evans, Lindy Henderson, Monica Ruzicka, Peter Frost. 2. Paul Pepdjonovic, Emma O’Neill, Matt Endacott. 3. Julia Harrison, Bernadette Maher.