Born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1938, Ronald was educated in the public schools before
attending the Chicago Art Institute. After service in the army, he completed his
B.F.A. Degree in art and English at Drake University in 1963. He then began what
became a forty-year teaching career at five independent college preparatory schools
in California, Missouri, and Florida, taking time out to earn an M.A. Degree in English
from the University of Wyoming in 1973. While at Wyoming Ronald studied with scholar
Keith Hull and poet and novelist Robert Roripaugh. In 1989, he studied at Yad Vashem
Institute, Jerusalem, Israel, which led to his writing six Holocaust related dramas.
From 1996 to 2006, he conducted further independent graduate studies at the University
of Wales, Swansea, where he focused on the Rhondda Valley novels of writer and labor
organizer Lewis Jones. Ronald continues to be active as a volunteer mentor at Oldsmar
Elementary School, in Tampa.
The father of five children, three of whom have been or are today English teachers,
Ronald lives with his wife, Joyce Davidsen, a retired history teacher, in Tampa,
Florida. He has eight grandchildren.
Photo by Jaime Morales, the Photo People, Tampa, Florida