Ryan was born in Landstuhl, West Germany, on May 29, 1984, to Letitie and Stanley Clark. He grew up in Martinez, Ga., and graduated from Lakeside High School in May 2002. There, he was a member of the Lakeside Marching Band and the Boy Scouts of America. He was active in many service organizations, including Communities in Schools of Augusta/Richmond County Teen Health Corps and Golden Harvest Food Bank. He was also the musical director at Camp Big Heart.
At Virginia Tech, Ryan maintained a 4.0 GPA and earned a bachelor of science with a triple major in psychology, biology, and English. He was also a distinguished campus leader. He played the baritone in the Marching Virginians university band and was a resident advisor in West Ambler Johnston Hall. He also was an advisor in the Imaginarium programming resource center and worked at West End Market.
“[Stack] was a wonderful part of our baritone section,” says friend Angela Pollock. “He was such a fun, loving, and delightful person to be around. He cared so much for other people and would befriend anyone. I was so blessed to play the baritone with him in the Marching Virginians. My favorite memories of Stack are of choreographing different dances to the drum line during Virginia Tech football games. He was a light and a joy! Stack will be missed by many, and memories of him will never be forgotten.”
Hometown: Martinez, Georgia
Student since fall 2002
Bachelor of Science, Biological Sciences
Bachelor of Arts, English
Bachelor of Science, Psychology