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Ronald Howard Winters

of Little Rock, AR, 1942 - 2023

RONALD HOWARD WINTERS was born April 13, 1942, in Hollywood, Calif., to Lee and Lucille Winters and died April 13, 2023, on his 81st birthday. As his mother passed away at the time of his birth, he was raised by his maternal grandparents, Aaron and Rose Kertman, and his wonderful aunt, Clarisse. He grew up in Hollywood and North Hollywood, graduating from North Hollywood High School.
He graduated from San Fernando Valley State College, now California State University - Northridge, receiving the top biology student award. After a short time in research at Riker's Laboratories, he continued his education, receiving his Ph.D in pharmacology from Oregon State University after preliminary work at Oregon Health Sciences Center. He served on the faculty and in the administration at Oregon State College of Pharmacy and Wichita State University, as Associate Dean of the College of Health Related Professions, before becoming Dean of the College of Health Professions at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in 1982. There, he took the small college from a loose affiliation of programs to become, at his retirement in 2011, the largest college on campus, with 21 programs, degrees, and certificates with students in Arkansas, nationally and internationally.
Throughout his career, he was honored with numerous teaching awards and recognition of his contributions to education in Arkansas, and to national organizations. His greatest joy was in teaching, from a special school for child actors in Los Angeles, to college students and graduate continuing education. In retirement, he was awarded professor emeritus status from UAMS. He also enjoyed traveling, leading a LifeQuest class, volunteering at the Museum of Discovery, serving on the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Board of Advisors, and driving his vintage Bentley.
He leaves his loving wife of 47 years, Marsha; and beloved children, daughter, Alexandra, and son-in-law Ivan Iordanov of Baltimore, Md.; and son, Andrew of Little Rock, as well as other family members.
A memorial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ronald H. Winters Endowed Scholarship, College of Health Professions, 4301 West Markham, Little Rock, Ark., 72205, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, or any educational charity of your choice.
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Published April 16, 2023

Roller-Chenal Funeral Home
13801 Chenal Parkway, Little Rock, AR
Phone: 501-224-8300