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Magazine Editor William H. Ryan Dies In Car Crash

October 21, 1986 GMT

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) _ A body found in a car that plunged 200 feet off a highway has been identified as that of magazine editor William Harvey Ryan.

Ryan, 58, of Oakland, had most recently been an editor-at-large for California Magazine.

He was a co-founder in 1958 of the magazine Contact, which, although headquartered in Sausalito, was subtitled The San Francisco Journal of New Writing, Art and Ideas. It ceased publication about seven years later but had gained a nationwide list of subscribers.

Ryan was reported missing Oct. 9 by relatives who gave Oakland police a handwritten note they had found indicating he was despondent over ill health.

Oakland Police Sgt. Dan Murray said Monday that Ryan was suffering from severe emphysema, chronic bronchitis and asthma.

He was last seen by a relative Oct. 6 when he left for a doctor’s appointment at the Veterans Administration Hospital in San Francisco, officials said.

Marin County sheriff’s deputies said hikers found Ryan’s body Saturday inside his car at the bottom of a 200-foot cliff just south of Stinson Beach.