About John Borie Ryerson
Master John Borie Ryerson
- Born: Friday 16th December 1898
- Age: 13 years
- Last Residence: in Cooperstown New York United States
- 1st Class passenger
- First Embarked: Cherbourg on Wednesday 10th April 1912
- Ticket No. 17608 , £262 7s 6d
- Cabin No.: B57/63/66
- Rescued (boat 4)
- Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
- Died: Tuesday 21st January 1986
- Buried: Lakewood Cemetery Cooperstown New York United States
Master John Borie Ryerson, 13, was born 16 December 1898 in Illinois, USA.
He boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg with his father Arthur Larned Ryerson, mother Mrs Emily Ryersonn and sisters Emily Borie Ryerson and Suzette Parker Ryerson. Their eventual destination was Cooperstown, NY.
John, his mother and siblings were rescued in Lifeboat 4. Jack [sic] had been initially denied entry into the boat by Second Officer Lightoller but his father Arthur Ryerson protested that he should go as he was only 13. Lightoller relented.
John Ryerson helped Walter Lord with research for his book A Night to Remember but otherwise refused to discuss the Titanic.
John Borie Ryerson who died 21 January 1986 in Palm Beach, Florida was the last survivor of the Titanic in the Ryerson family. His wife, Jane Morris Ryerson was born 6 February 1909 and died in March of 1990, also in West Palm Beach, Florida. They had no children.