Charles. J. Ryan (1865-1949) born in Halifax, England. Of wide-ranging interests and talents, his art was exhibited at London’s Royal Academy and, at age 26, he succeeded his father as principal of the government School of Art in Ventnor, Isle of Wight.  In 1894, he met a pupil of H. P. Blavatsky and soon joined the Theosophical Society.  A few years later, in 1900, he accepted Katherine Tingley’s invitation to help build the Society’s new international headquarters at Point Loma, California where he served until his death as a teacher at its schools and a frequent contributor on literary, historical, scientific, and theosophical topics.
H.P. Blavatsky and the Theosophical Movement