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Dr. Ryan R. Lin

October 11, 1942 — February 22, 2023

CARIBOU - Dr. Ryan R. Lin, 80, died on February 22, 2023, in Mesa, Arizona, where he relocated November 2022. He was born in Fengyuan, Taiwan, October 11, 1942, the son of Jungjui Lin and Aidaw Chang. 

Dr. Lin graduated as a Doctor of Medicine in 1969 from Kaohsiung Medical College in Taiwan, and then served as clinical lab instructor for the Chinese Army (ROTC), before becoming a resident in Internal Medicine at the Veterans General Hospital of Taipei. Dr. Lin then moved to Youngstown, Ohio, where he did an Internship, followed by a Pathology Residency, both at Youngstown Hospital Association. He then did a dermatopathology fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia and a hematopathology fellowship at the Mallory Institute of Pathology in Boston. Dr. Lin then began his long and tenured career in pathology, working in New York and Florida before moving to Maine in 1987 to work at Cary Medical Center. Dr. Lin was an active member of the medical staff at Cary Medical Center, Northern Maine Medical Center and The Aroostook Medical Center until 2009. Following his retirement, he was a member of the Honorary Medical Staff of the Cary Medical Center.

Dr. Lin was a devoted and loving husband and father. He enjoyed living in Caribou, Maine, and proudly claimed, “Maine is a great place to raise a family.” He was a lifelong learner and pursued various interests, including home construction, woodworking, gardening and personal finance. Dr. Lin built his family home in Caribou. He loved spending time in his woodshop, doing home improvement projects and building custom furniture. He was also a savvy investor and became a member of the American Association of Individual Investors. He felt profound satisfaction in his profession as a pathologist—working together with the laboratory staff and his clinical colleagues to provide the best care for patients. 

Dr. Lin is survived by his daughter, Dr. Amy Lin, and husband, Nate Burgos, of Chicago, IL, his brothers, Juipo Lin, Ruey-Dong Lin, Ruey-Jia Lin, and sister, Shu-Yuan Lin. He was predeceased by his wife of 50 years, Dr. Ann Y. Lin, and brother, Ruey-Sen Lin.

Dr. Lin and his wife will be interred in Arizona during a private ceremony for family at a later date. Those who wish to contribute in memory of Dr. Lin may do so through The Michael J. Fox Foundation at

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