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For the remainder of his career he was an educator. In the 1950s he ran the music program for the Paramus Public Schools, becoming in 1957 the music director at the new Paramus High School where he created a student concert band, marching band and big-band style dance band, arranging many of the charts himself and introducing innovative techniques to the marching band not common at the time. The organizations were known for their high quality and enthusiasm from the beginning. He wrote the alma mater lyrics (sung to the tune "Aura Lee", popularly known at the time in the form of Elvis Presley's "Love Me Tender"). He also during this period led and played trumpet in a small professional dance/jazz combo and provided private trumpet lessons at his home in the adjacent town of Fair Lawn, New Jersey, to students from the surrounding area.
In 1976 Ryerson retired and moved to Clearwater, Florida. Nineteen years later, on May 15, 1995, at the age of 89, he died there.
^"Ryerson Guest Conductor at Final Village Band Concert", Paterson News, August 12, 1966. Accessed August 19, 2020, via Newspapers.com. "Frank L. Ryerson of Paramus will be guest conductor, at the final Village Band performance of the year, tonight at the Frank Kasschau Memorial Shell on Veterans' Field.... Ryerson, a native of Paterson, has written a number of song hits and has appeared in Hollywood films. He is now band director of Paramus High School."