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Ryan Edward Droste, Ph.D.

Ryan Edward Droste, Ph.D.
  • January 16, 1958 - November 19, 2020
  • Summerville, South Carolina

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“Mrs. Droste, Elise and Robert: I am so sorry to hear of Ryan’s passing. Your family was a close-knit family, which makes the loss even more...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: Sol Morse - North Charleston, SC

“So sad to hear of Ryan's passing. A genuinely funny and outgoing fellow, larger than life, blessed with the soul of a teacher. Always generous of...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: Patrick Briggs - Charleston, SC

“Pamela and Ashley, my deepest sympathies to you and your family. May God's infinite love and healing be with you in this time of struggle. You are in...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: Pam Hicks - Summerville, SC

“I wanted to take the opportunity to express my thoughts and feelings to the family. Dr. Droste was a wonderful person. I remember his sheer...Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: Joerael Harris - Goose Creek, SC

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5 of 10 | Posted by: Stephanie Young - Summerville, SC

“I am a member of the Episcopalian community of New Jersey and am acquainted with Rev Droste. I send my sincere sympathy to the family..Memories will...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: Laura Lawser - Millville, NJ

“I was just talking about Dr. Droste the other day. He had a profound effect on my interest and respect of physics and the great unknown. His...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: Nicole - Student

“For several years I considered Ryan a god friend, even though we had never met any other place than online via the game Rail Nation.You will be...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: Sonny Sandberg - Friend

“Pamela and Ashley, I was so sorry to hear of Ryan's passing. Please know that I hold you in my thoughts and wish you peace in this time of loss. ...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: John Jamrogowicz - Goose Creek, SC

“Wayne and I are so sorry to learn of Ryan passing. Pamela, you and Ashley will be in our thoughts and prayers. May God give you peace and comfort. ”
10 of 10 | Posted by: Jane Crocker - Moncks Corner, SC

Ryan Edward Droste
Father, Son, Husband, Brother, Teacher, Scientist
16 January 1958 - 19 November 2020

Ryan Edward Droste was the proud product of a military family. Born at Hickam AFB in Hawaii to Ronald Edward Droste (d. 2002) and Susan Love Droste (now of Greenville), Ryan was followed by his siblings, Robert Edward Droste (b. 1962) and Elise (Droste) Watson Hardin (b. 1964). In 1969, after three years' posting in England, the Drostes moved to Summerville. On Nov. 19, Ryan died there while being lovingly cared for by his family.

A graduate of Porter-Gaud School and The College of Charleston (where he triple-majored in physics, chemistry, and math), Ryan earned his Ph.D in physics from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. While he devoured science fiction and enjoyed computer gaming and social media, teaching science was his lifelong passion; that led him to teaching physics at The Citadel, then at Trident Technical College for more than 20 years.

While in college, Ryan met the love of his life, Pamela Polk, whom he married in 1980. Their romance flourished for more than 40 years - the last 30 shared with their beloved daughter, Ashley Laurel Droste. With Ryan as an enthusiastic and popular teacher, and Pam still a veteran TTC administrator, the couple have become an important part of the TTC family. Ashley now works in a native village in Atqasuk, Alaska.

Ryan's memorial service will be held Monday, Nov. 23, 2020 in the J. Henry Stuhr Northwoods Chapel, 2180 Greenridge Road at 2:00 pm. The family will receive friends Monday from 12:00 - 2:00 pm. Due to COVID protocol, all guests are required to wear masks and practice social distancing. The memorial will also be webcast on YouTube at the following site on the day of the service:

The family asks that in place of gifts, friends give to Trident Technical College in support of student scholarships.