In Memoriam: William Badger Tibbits Ronalds

Bill Ronalds illustrationWilliam B.T. Ronalds III (Bill), of Rockland, Maine (b. July 29, 1943), passed away on Thursday, October 20, 2016.

I first met Bill in the mid-1980s at a GNSI summer workshop at Eagle Hill Institute in Steuben, Maine. He was generous in his nature, funny, and he clearly loved art and sharing his passion for it. He happened to notice I had a picture of my dog with me, and through that, I learned he was a devoted dog owner as well, and our friendship began. 

Bill was a Professor of Fine Arts at St. John’s University in New York for over two decades, and taught illustration, cartooning and drawing. He served as department chairman for 9 years. Teaching was a joy for him and he often maintained relationships with students long after they left the university. He won numerous awards, including a University-wide Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship (2004). One of his works is in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Bill had been a member of the Society of Illustrators, the New York Society of Etchers, the Society of Graphic Artists, the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, the American Print Alliance, the Wood Engravers' Network, and the Manhattan Graphics Center. He is an honorary member of the Guild of Hungarian Engravers and Etchers. His prints have been exhibited in the USA and abroad. 

About his work, Bill said, “ There does seem to be one common thread woven throughout my artmaking: I am often obsessive and I get lost in detail.” He went on to say, “To paraphrase Paul Klee, I hope my works “take your mind for a walk”.

Bill Ronalds illustration

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