John Ryerson, an amateur golfer and one of last survivors of the sinking of the Titanic, died Tuesday at a nursing home in West Palm Beach, Fla. He was 87 years old.
Mr. Ryerson was born in Chicago, a scion of the Ryerson steel fortune. He and his family were returning from England in April 1912 when the Titanic struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic and sank. Mr. Ryerson's father was among the 1,500 people killed.
Mr. Ryerson was employed by a Chicago bank in the 1920's, but he soon turned most of his attention to golf. By the l970's he had played in more than 425 amateur golf tournaments around the world.
He is survived by his wife, the former Jane Morris.
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