Died on August 19, 2014 at Touro Infirmary, New Orleans, due to complications of a cerebral aneurysm. Mr. Ronaldson was born May 6, 1941, in Baton Rouge, LA. He graduated from Baton Rouge High School and Washington & Lee University, in Lexington, VA. In addition, he earned an MA in English, and Jurist Doctor from Tulane University, New Orleans. After working in New York as an editor at Oxford University Press, Mr. Ronaldson moved to New Orleans where he opened the St. Charles Gallery that he operated for more than 40 years. He was a highly-esteemed art appraiser, connoisseur and collector of works on paper from Old Master drawings to English and American artists of the 18th C., and new and old world maps. He was selected to vet The International Antique Show in Palm Beach, FL several years where he specialized in John J. Audubon prints and antique maps. An avid traveler and fluent in French, Mr. Ronaldson traveled often to Europe, Russia, Britain and the English Isles. Mr. Ronaldson was the founder of the New Orleans Chapter of the English Speaking Union where he served as president for 16 years. He was also an active member of The Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem, rising to the rank of Commander and Companionate of Merit in the rank of officer; The Aztec Club, Society of Colonial Wars Louisiana, the Churchill Society, the Roundtable Club and many other civic, cultural and historical societies. He is predeceased by his parents Walker Young and Margery Amiss Ronaldson of Baton Rouge, his sister Margery Ronaldson Peterson and niece Lauren Adams Peterson. He is survived by his brother-in-law and nephew Randall Peterson and Randall Peterson, Jr. (Paige), and several aunts and numerous cousins. His many godchildren held a special place in his heart as did his longtime close friend Courtney Anne Sarpy of New Orleans. Funeral Services will be held at Christ Church Cathedral in New Orleans on Wednesday, August 27 at 11:00 a.m. Visitation will be at 10:00 a.m. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, August 28 at St. James Episcopal Church in Baton Rouge at 11:00 a.m. with visitation at 10:00 a.m. Graveside service to follow at Roselawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions are requested to be made to the English Speaking Union Scholarship Fund, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Christ Church Cathedral, St. James Episcopal Church or a
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Aug. 22 to Aug. 24, 2014