John Ruan contributed to various charities and served as director for multiple companies. In 1997, the Ruan Transportation Center was dedicated in his honor in Washington, D.C.
"Our family is grieving. We have lost our mentor and dear companion," said John Ruan's son, John Ruan III, chairman and CEO of Ruan. "My father's influence in the industry and with his employees and customers built the strong foundation for the company that exists today."