UNION CITY -- A memorial for a James Logan High School teacher who died earlier this month has been scheduled Thursday afternoon, a New Haven Unified School District spokesman said.

The memorial in tribute of Chris Ryan, a 54-year-old Redwood City man, will begin at 3:45 p.m. at the Logan High Performing Arts Center at 1800 H St., said district spokesman Rick LaPlante.

The school library will be open during lunch periods Thursday, when students and staff are encouraged to write memories or tributes to Ryan on special stationery. The stationery then will be presented to his family.

"Chris loved books," Logan High Principal Amy McNamara said. "Many, many people the past few weeks have spoken about his intellect and love of learning."

Ryan, a Logan instructor since 1994, had been reported missing for two days before he was found dead Oct. 11, in a ravine near Interstate 280 in San Mateo County.

His cause of his death still is being investigated, San Mateo County Coroner's officials said Wednesday.

Contact Chris De Benedetti at 510-353-7011. Follow him at Twitter.com/cdebenedetti.



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