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ProfileRyan Smithson
'12
Interdisciplinary Studies – Studies in Literature and History
Northeast Center


Ryan Smithson is special. As a teenager who enlisted in the Army after witnessing the events of Sept. 11, 2001, he showed courage at an early age. After serving his country in Iraq he came home inwardly troubled. To ease his emotional turmoil, he wrote. Publishing his story as a book, "Ghosts of War," taught him the power of taking what he knew about himself to create the future that he wanted. The book also connected him to his passions for history and writing.

Ryan's story overlaps with the story of Nicholas Pekearo, who was an auxiliary police officer who was killed on duty in 2007. Nicholas was a prolific writer who was earning a degree at SUNY Empire State College before he died. Nicholas' mentor at the college’s Metropolitan Center, Shirley Ariker, told The New York Times at the time of Nick's death that, "He wrote stories about people struggling to do the right thing."

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ProfileLawrence Doyle '94
Chairman and CEO
Katierich Asset Management LLC


Foundation board member Lawrence Doyle '94, is the founder of two finance companies, Kinetics Asset Management, which later became Horizon Kinetics, and Katierich Asset Management, where Doyle, who is semi¬retired, still serves as co-founder and managing director. He grew up in Babylon, N.Y., and attended West Babylon High School, Suffolk County Community College and Pace University. After graduating from Pace, he enrolled in Empire State College for his Master of Arts with a concentration in international business and foreign trade policy. He and his wife Karen will celebrate their 25th anniversary in September and they are parents of two college-age children, Richard and Katherine. We caught up with Larry via phone from his 330-acre horse farm in Kentucky, where he breeds and sells race horses.

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