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Margaret "Nin" Kahn Ryan, II
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Birth: Jul. 4, 1901
Morristown
Morris County
New Jersey, USA
Death: Jan. 26, 1995
Manhattan
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA

Margaret Nin Kahn Ryan was a prominent socialite, heiress, art collector and patron of the arts. Daughter of Otto Kahn, a Jewish multi millionaire. Born at Kahn's mansion in Morristown, N.J., a fifty-room Spanish estate known as 'Cedar Court'. Father and daughter were close, golfing together, riding together, swimming together and going together to the opera. When apart, they each wrote frequently, some of them poems, signed by Otto as 'Fathie'. Feb. 9, 1928 she married John Barry Ryan Jr, grandson of Thomas Ryan Fortune, who was said to be the largest single owner of diamond fields in the Belgian Congo. It was a union of financial dynasties. An early patron of the arts, she and her husband both owned a private opera box on the first tier, known as the 'Diamond Horseshoe', of the old Metropolitan Opera House on Broadway and later boxes at the new Met on Lincoln Square. Mrs. Ryan was also an art collector whose French Impressionist paintings hung on the walls of her triplex apartment on the East Side of Manhattan. She also became a lover of animals and at 'Moorland Farm', her rambling Newport estate along Ocean Drive, she and her husband raised sheep, goats and cattle, in addition to growing fruit trees and maintaining the rose gardens. In 1951 she and the other Kahn heirs sold Rembrandt's "Portrait of a Young Student" for $90,000, donating the money to the Metropolitan Opera, which allowed for them to produce Verdi's "Don Carlo" and Mozart's "Cosi Fan Tutte." The "Don Carlo" was Rudolf Bing's first production at the Met. Among the other productions to which Mrs. Ryan contributed was the 1960 revival of "L'Elisir d'Amore," by Donizetti. She joined the Met's board in 1956 and worked alongside Mrs August Belmont to help save the Metropolitan Opera Company from financial ruin. In 1966, she and thousands of other patrons and opera lovers (some of whom had been going there for all their life) attended the Closing Gala of The Met. Days later, she, the rest of the Met's board and the Opera Company moved to their new headquarters on Lincoln Square, with the old Met being demolished shortly after. When the company again announced that it was facing a financial crisis, she worked on an emergency fund drive to raise $3 million. She became an honorary director in 1981. After he death at the age of 93, her estate was auctioned off and one of her painting, bought in 1945, "The Bench" by Manet, was sold at auction for $16.5 million. The Ryan collection included, among others, work by Manet, Cezanne, Pissarro, Monet, Renoir and Vuillard.
Written and complied by Tyler Hughes 
 
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 Parents:
  Otto Hermann Kahn (1867 - 1934)
  Adelaide Wolff Kahn (1875 - 1949)
 
 Spouse:
  John Barry Ryan (1900 - 1966)*
 
 Siblings:
  Margaret Kahn Ryan (1901 - 1995)
  Gilbert Wolff Kahn (1903 - 1975)*
  Roger Wolfe Kahn (1907 - 1962)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Memorial Cemetery of Saint John's Church
Laurel Hollow
Nassau County
New York, USA
 
Created by: John Astor
Record added: Feb 15, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 105277612
Margaret Nin <i>Kahn</i> Ryan, II
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Margaret Nin <i>Kahn</i> Ryan, II
Added by: John Astor
 
Margaret Nin <i>Kahn</i> Ryan, II
Added by: John Astor
 
 
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Remembering Nin Ryan on her 112th birthday ~ Happy 4th of July my dear friend! One of your favorite days of the year!
- John Astor
 Added: Jul. 4, 2013
Remembering you Nin Ryan - a view of the Newport Casino, where till your death you served on the board of the International Tennis Hall of Fame. You are always remembered by your longtime, politically opposite friend.
- John Astor
 Added: Mar. 19, 2013
Remembering you NIn Ryan - For no particular reason.
- John Astor
 Added: Mar. 17, 2013
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