Class of 1989
Hall of Fame 2010
Gene Healy’s (RFH Class of 1989) professional history reflects an intellectual commitment to the study of government and public policy in the arena of contemporary American politics.
After graduating from RFH in 1989, Mr. Healy attended Georgetown University, earning a BA in Government in 1993. He then attended the University of Chicago Law School, earning his JD in 1999.
After earning his law degree, Mr. Healy spent two years in private practice as an attorney at the firm Howrey Simon Arnold & White in Washington DC.
Mr. Healy is currently the Vice-President of the Cato Institute, a non-profit public policy research foundation headquartered in Washington, DC that was founded by Edward H. Crane in 1977 to heighten awareness of “public policies based on the principles of limited government, free markets, individual liberty, and peace” and articulate public policy proposals that “create free, open, and civil societies in the United States and throughout the world.”
Mr. Healy’s research interests include executive power and the role of the presidency, as well as federalism and over-criminalization. Mr. Healy is the author of The Cult of the Presidency: America’s Dangerous Devotion to Executive Power , and the editor of Go Directly to Jail: The Criminalization of Almost Everything . He has appeared on PBS’s Newshour with Jim Lehrer and NPR’s Talk of the Nation, and his writing has been published in the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Legal Times, and elsewhere. Mr. Healy is a weekly columnist for the Washington Examiner.
While he was a student at RFH, Mr. Healy was actively involved in the Tower Tribune, serving as features editor. He was the recipient of the Social Studies and English Department Awards.
Mr. Healy lives in Washington DC’s Mount Pleasant neighborhood, about two miles north of the White House. His parents, John and Mary, still live in Rumson.
Two high school teachers stand out in Mr. Healy’s memory as being influential forces: Mr. Lance Fialkoff and Mr. Michael Flamm. Both of these Social Studies teachers deepened Mr. Healey’s interest in American history and politics.
When asked what advice he would give a current RFH student, Mr. Healy offered the following words: “Find a teacher who engages you and a subject that you love, and pour yourself into it. We tend to be best at the things that inspire us, so find out what that is for you. That can be the path to a job that you love, which, I can tell you from experience, is a blessing.”
Class of 1970
Hall of Fame 2010
George Miles’ (RFH Class of 1970) professional history as a museum curator, researcher, scholar and teacher reflects a passionate commitment to the study and preservation of American history.
After graduating from RFH in 1970, Mr. Miles attended Yale College, earning a BA in History (*** laude) in 1974. He then earned a MA and a MPHIL in History from Yale University in 1975 and 1977 respectively. Since 1981, Mr. Miles has been the William Robertson Coe Curator of the Yale Collection of Western Americana at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University, serving two terms as Acting Director of this premier source for investigations in the history and culture of the American West.
Mr. Miles is a member of the executive committee of the Howard R. Lamar Center for the Study of Frontiers and Borders at Yale University and of the editorial board of the Lamar Series in Western History for the Yale University Press. He has consulted for the American Antiquarian Society, the American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming, and the Western History Department of the Denver Public Library. Mr. Miles served on the advisory committee for “Lewis and Clark: The National Bicentennial Exhibition.” In 2008 he received the Western History Association Life Membership Award for meritorious service. In addition to his work at the Howard R. Lamar Center for the Study of Frontiers and Borders at Yale University, Mr. Miles has taught numerous seminars at Yale as well as classes in rare books and American historical bibliography at Columbia University and the University of Virginia.
Mr. Miles co-edited Under an Open Sky: Rethinking America’s Western Past, authored James Swan: Cha-tic of the Northwest Coast and Go West and Grow up with the Country, and co-authored Creating America and America Pictured to the Life.
While he was a student at RFH, Mr. Miles was a member of the Varsity Football Team and the Varsity Track Team. He served as manager of the Varsity Basketball Team and editorial editor of The Rumsonian, the school’s newspaper.
Mr. Miles lives in Branford, CT with his wife Nancy, an elementary school educator. Mr. and Mrs. Miles have three sons: George, Kevin, and Gregory. His community involvement includes coaching a local swim team for the past thirty years.
Two high school teachers stand out in Mr. Miles’ memory as being influential forces: Mr. Tom Bains and Mr. Paul Fuchs. Mr. Bains was Mr. Miles’ Geometry teacher and football and track coach: “I learned what it meant to be accountable for your duties and your actions…(I) learned that while what you were doing was important, it was better not think that meant you were important.” Mr. Fuchs was Mr. Miles’ English and German teacher: “he was less interested in ‘correct’ answers than in encouraging us to think and learn how to express ourselves…I felt his influence throughout my undergraduate years at Yale.”
When asked what advice he would give a current RFH student, Mr. Miles offered the following words: “Read, critique, and develop your own voice, orally and in writing.
John. J. Ryan III
Class of 1971
Hall of Fame 2010
John Ryan (RFH Class of 1971) career history in merchandising and marketing in the retail industry is a confirmation that personal passion and a willingness to take on new challenges in an ever-changing world are often the key factors leading to success in the competitive global economy.
After graduating from RFH in 1971, Mr. Ryan attended Franklin Pierce University, earning a BA in Marketing and Economics in 1975.
After graduating from Franklin Pierce, Mr. Ryan was recruited by Mercantile Stores where he was employed for twenty years, ascending to the position of Vice President of Merchandising and Marketing. He developed the retail concept of the “Moonlight Madness” sale during his tenure at Mercantile Stores, a sales approach that is now a staple in the retail industry. After building Mercantile Stores into a retail power in the Midwest and Southeast, Mr. Ryan was recruited by Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. in 1995 as the Executive Vice President of International Merchandising and Marketing. Mr. Ryan co-conceived, with the President and CEO of Wal-Mart, the concept of global sourcing and revolutionized the company’s procurement strategy internationally by centralizing buying with global economies. Mr. Ryan is one of the most respected and recognized names in the retail industry throughout the world.
Mr. Ryan left Wal-Mart in 2004 to become an independent global consulting merchant, capitalizing on his business experiences in global sourcing and networking. In 2009, he founded Brand Neue Corporation, a product innovation company dedicated to globally sourcing, developing, marketing, licensing and distributing innovative new products to global food service, retail, manufacturing and industrial application clients worldwide. Mr. Ryan currently serves as President and Advisor of Brand Neue Corporation.
While he was a student at RFH, Mr. Ryan was a member of the Varsity Football Team and the Varsity Tennis Team.
Two high school teachers stand out in Mr. Ryan’s memory as being influential forces. Mr. Anthony Labretti, Guidance Counselor: “He was always encouraging and motivating. He helped me to set high goals and to show enthusiasm and pride … to make every single day productive.” Mr. Albert Loux, Assistant Superintendent: “He was an individual of the highest character and ethical standards. His professional integrity was fundamental in personifying wisdom, expertise and true commitment.
When asked what advice he would give a current RFH student, Mr. Ryan offered the following words: “Integrity always in everything you do, work hard, be a good listener and never give up. THINK BIG!”