Hope Ryden, 87, Revealed the Lives of Wild Horses, Beaver, & Coyotes

Story by by as published on Animals 24-7

“There was quite a mixed gathering awaiting our good friend Hope Ryden when she approached and crossed the Rainbow Bridge the other day.  Animal and human alike were waiting to render a hand across to the afterlife to the woman who had touched and helped so many.  Animal advocacy is going to have turn up the volume in an effort to fill the void that now looms among us after the parting of Hope; may she rest in much earned peace.  God Bless.” ~ R.T.


”Eventually, I found that they would accept me if I first let them know I was there and then quieted down and stayed put. So I started singing to them from a long way off, as I approached the herd.”

Hope Ryden and Ginger Kathrens. Photo by Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

HYANNIS,  Massachusetts––Hope Elaine Ryden,  87,  author and/or photographer for 26 books mostly on wildlife subjects,  and a frequent photo contributor to National Geographic,  died on June 18,  2017 in Hyannis,  Massachusetts from complications of hip surgery.

Born on August 1, 1929, in St. Paul, Minnesota, Hope Ryden was the third of three daughters and a son born to Ernest Edward Ryden and Agnes Ryden, who were respectively minister for the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in St. Paul and the church organist/pianist.

As well as leading the relatively constrained life of a minister’s daughter, Hope Ryden grew up surrounded by music and journalism.

Sharing their interest in music,  the senior Rydens either wrote or translated from Swedish more than 40 hymns for publication in various Lutheran,  Methodist, Episcopalian and Presbyterian hymnals.  E.E. Ryden was also author of The Story of Our Hymns (1930) and The Story of Christian Hymnody (1959,  and from 1945 to 1958 was secretary of the Commission on a Common Hymnal,  which standardized the hymnal used by the Lutheran Church in America.

E.E. Ryden (1886-1981),  originally from Kansas City,  had been a police reporter for the Kansas City Star before earning his divinity degree from the Augustiana Theological Seminary in 1914.  He continued in journalism as editor of The Lutheran Companion for 27 years and of another periodical,  The Lutheran Outlook,  1938-1942.

Eventually,  in 1960,  E.E. Ryden was among the 34 members of the Committee on Lutheran Unity who brokered a merger of four previously separate Lutheran denominations to form the Lutheran Church of America…(CONTINUED)

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3 comments on “Hope Ryden, 87, Revealed the Lives of Wild Horses, Beaver, & Coyotes

  1. What an amazing life she led & how much we owe her for publicizing the wild horses. This is what our news media should be talking about – bringing our wild horses back into the public eye again.

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  2. Dearest Hope Ryden. You were an amazing, gifted woman, wild horse advocate that I will always remember. We will continue your legacy to protect our wild horses and burros from extinction. May the heavens shower your gracious spirit to save our wild life.
    Thankyou for all the wonderful things you have done to help man and woman kind.
    You will be missed but never forgotten. REST IN PEACE SWEET HOPE. MISS YOU ALREADY.
    Now we have to fight for our wild horses and burros to be alive and free again.
    I want them all safe and protected from harms way.
    Okay wild horse advocates speak up, call your government officials and march into their offices. Lets save our wild horses and burros. Lets get busy, time is now.
    Our wild horses and burros are counting on us.
    We must get them back out on the range.
    We must have plans in place to help them recover their freedom.

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