John L. Bryan, Professor Emeritus at the University of Maryland's (UMD) Department of Fire Protection Engineering, has died at 87. Dr. Bryan, known as the "Prof" by his students, performed in various fire service, academic and professional consulting occupations for four decades. He served as Chair and Professor of the Department of Fire Protection Engineering from the establishment of the department in 1956 until his retirement from the University in 1993.
Since 1966, Dr. Bryan served on NFPA technical committees, including the Building Code/Life Safety Code Means of Egress and Life Safety Code correlating committees. A longstanding member of NFPA’s Board of Directors and Standards Council, Dr. Bryan was the first person to ever serve as chair of both groups.
In 1986, he received NFPA’s Paul C. Lamb Award, established to honor members whose service to NFPA characterizes the height of volunteer spirit and deed, and in 2005, received NFPA's Standards Medal, the highest award given by the Standards Council, which recognizes outstanding contributions to fire safety in the development of codes and standards. He also received the Society of Fire Protection Engineer’s "Fire Protection Man of the Year" honor in 1977.
Dr. Bryan was a widely published author whose professional affiliations include SFPE, UL (Underwriters Laboratories Inc.) and ASTM (American Society of Testing and Materials).
Dr. Bryan's family will receive friends from 2:00-5:00 pm on Sunday, November 16 at the Keeney and Basford Funeral Home, 106 East Church Street, Frederick, MD. Funeral services will begin at 10:00 am on Monday, November 17 at Calvary United Methodist Church, 131 West 2nd Street, Frederick, MD. More information.