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In Memory: Ryan Torgerson, 1972-2011

by Allison Frederick | Jun 03, 2011
Ryan Patrick Torgerson, "Torgy", 38, died unexpectedly and suddenly earlier this week on May 30 at his home in Wauconda, Ill., outside of Chicago.
Ryan Patrick Torgerson, "Torgy", 38, died unexpectedly and suddenly earlier this week on May 30 at his home in Wauconda, Ill., outside of Chicago. Ryan rowed with the University of Wisconsin rowing team from 1991-94 and was a member of the U.S. National Team from 1998-2004. Torgerson won three world championship medals including silver in 2000 and 2003, and bronze in 2002.

Captain Torgerson served in the U.S. Marines from1995-1998. Following his rowing career, he worked for United Airlines in Chicago from 2005-2011. He is survived by his wife, Paige Elizabeth, his son Brett Axl, 5, and his daughter, Heidi Love, 3.

A reception is planned for Thursday, June 2 at the Messiah Lutheran Church in Wauconda from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. A memorial service is being planned later in Princeton, N.J. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a 529 educational plan generously set up by Ryan’s teammates for Brett and Heidi. Contact Jeff Klepacki at Jeff.klepacki@gmail.com or 732-539-4276.

USRowing is a nonprofit organization recognized by the United States Olympic Committee as the governing body for the sport of rowing in the United States. USRowing’s official suppliers include Boathouse Sports, Filippi, Croker Oars, Rudy Project, Concept2, Nielsen Kellerman, PowerHTV and Ludus Tours. USRowing also receives generous support from the National Rowing Foundation and its corporate sponsors, ANXeBusiness Corp and Voxer. For more information, visit www.usrowing.org. USRowing has joined forces with Team Arnstein to help ensure the U.S. Team's success leading up to the 2012 Olympic Games under a new corporate sponsorship campaign, The Row to London. For more information, please visit www.teamarnstein.com.

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