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John Borie Ryerson, a longtime resident of Springfield Center and Cooperstown and one of the last known remaining survivors of the 1912 Titanic sinking, died January 21 in Palm Beach, Fla., his winter home. He was 87.
   Ryerson and his family had sailed on the Titanic after hearing of the death of his brother, Arthur Ryerson, Jr., in an automobile accident, while a student at Yale University.
   He was born Dec. 16, 1898 in Chicago, the son of well-known philanthropist, Arthur Ryerson and Emily Borie Ryerson. In 1953 he married Jane Morris in Palm Beach.
   Ryerson was an avid amateur golfer and played in over 425 tournaments throughout the country with famous golfers such as Bobby Jones and Gene Sarazen. As of 1971 he had played over 1,400 golf courses in the world, including over 1,260 in the United States. He owned and, for over 40 years, ran the Otsego Golf Course, organized in 1894.
   He graduated from St. Paul's School and was a member of he 1921 class at Yale. He also was a member of the Society of the Cincinnati, the Everglades Club and Seminole Golf Club in Palm Beach, the Yale Club in New York, the U.S. Golf Association, the Cooperstown Country Club, Leatherstocking Golf Course and St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Springfield Center.
   In addition to his wife, survivors include two nephews, Arthur Clarke and Victor Salvatore, Jr., both of Springfield Center; five nieces, Jane Coulson, Anne Logan and Vittoria Demarest, all of Cooperstown, Elena Raymond, of New York City, and Emily Machado, of Miami.
   A memorial service will be held later in Cooperstown at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in Lakewood Cemetery.
   Contributions may be made to the Tribute Fund at Bassett Hospital.
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