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.
The father of five children, three of whom have been or are today English teachers,
Ronald lives with his wife, Joyce Davidsen, a history teacher, in Orlando, Florida.
Although he retired from full time teaching in 2002, and part time teaching in 2005,
he continues to be active with the Orange County Public Schools as a reading and