Dr Caius Tacitus “Tac” Ryland

Dr Caius Tacitus “Tac” Ryland

Lafayette County, Missouri, USA
Death 16 Feb 1958 (aged 83)
Lafayette County, Missouri, USA
Burial Lexington, Lafayette County, Missouri, USA
Memorial ID 48087680 · View Source
Suggest Edits

Lexington's practicing physician from about the turn of the century until his
retirement in 1947. Born Caius Tacitus ("CT") Ryland, he was the son of Judge
John Edwin Ryland and Nancy Pettis Palmer Ryland. He received his medical degree
from Beaumont Medical College, St. Louis, Missouri, graduating in 1897. He
interned at St. Mary's Hospital, St. Louis, and did his residency at the
Missouri Pacific Hospital, Sedalia, before establishing a practice in Lexington,
Missouri. He also served many years on the staff of Research Hospital in Kansas
City, Missouri.

Dr. Ryland was a captain in the Army Medical Corps in World War I. During
World War II, he was examiner for the Lafayette County Selective Service Board.

He was married on September 2, 1903 to Miss Bettie Belle Perrie, daughter
of Dr. and Mrs. John Perrie of Mayview, Missouri.

He served as President of the Lafayette Medical Society and as president of
the Missouri State Medical Association in 1934-1935. In April, 1941, Drs.
Ryland, Fredenhall, Hickson, Wallace and E.T.Shaberg moved their medical offices
to the former Pettit home at Franklin and 14th Streets. Dr. Ryland was born and
reared in the house, which is one of the oldest in Lexington. Dr. Ryland was
prominent in the furthering of plans for Lexington Memorial Hospital and was
instrumental in the development of the plans that culminated in the opening of
the hospital here in 1951.

He was a member of the Lexington Methodist Church and had been a member of
Masonic organizations for more than half a century. He was past master of
Lexington Lodge 149, A.F.& A.M., and a member of Lexington Chapter No. 10,
R.A.M. and the DeMolay Commandery No. 3, K.T. He was a charter member and past
president of Lexington Chamber of Commerce at the time Dunhill Shirt Company
opened its factory here. He retired in 1947 because of ill health. In 1949, he
underwent the first of several operations, which finally resulted in the loss of
both legs. He learned to use artificial limbs, but by 1951 he was confined to a
wheelchair. In 1957, while undergoing treatment at Lexington Memorial Hospital,
he was found to be suffering from a lung tumor, and he entered a Kansas City
Hospital for X-ray therapy.

Dr. Ryland's name undoubtedly has been bestowed upon more babies during his
medical practice than has the name of any other man in the history of Lexington.
Many Lexington residents and others who have moved away carry the middle name
Ryland in recognition of the doctor who brought them into the world.

Obit 2/17/58 Lexington newspaper

Family Members


Sponsored by Ancestry


Plan a visit to Machpelah Cemetery?



  • Created by: Margaret Ayres
  • Added: 13 Feb 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 48087680
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dr Caius Tacitus “Tac” Ryland (20 Apr 1874–16 Feb 1958), Find A Grave Memorial no. 48087680, citing Machpelah Cemetery, Lexington, Lafayette County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Margaret Ayres (contributor 47055978) .