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Ronald Joseph Spitznagel

Ronald Joseph Spitznagel, American rehabilitation educator. Certified rehabilitation counselor, vocational evaluator. Recipient Merit award State of Florida, 1972; grantee Rehabilitation Services Administration, 1984, Department Education, 1990.


  • Spitznagel, Ronald Joseph was born on August 25, 1939 in Cinn. Son of Lewis Thomas and Carolyn Agnes (Munz) Spitznagel.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, Athenaeum of Ohio, 1961. Barium Strontium Titanate, Catholic University America, 1966. Master of Education, Xavier University, 1966.

      DEd, Auburn University, 1988.


    • Priest Diocese of Steubenville, Ohio, 1966-1969. Instructor College Steubenville, 1967-1969. Vocational rehabilitation counselor Department Vocational Rehabilitation, Gainesville, Florida, 1970-1973, vocational rehabilitation supervisor, 1973-1981.

      Social worker National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Atlanta, 1973. Graduate assistant Auburn (Alabama) University, 1981-1982, extension associate, 1982-1985. Vocational coordinator Texas Department Corrections, Palestine, Texas, 1958-1988.

      Associate professor University Florida, Gainesville, since 1988. Director Vianney College Library., Bloomingdale, Ohio, 1967-1969. Coordinator Vocational Consultant Service, Gainesville, since 1989.

    Major achievements

    • Certified rehabilitation counselor, vocational evaluator.


    • Editor newsletter American Rehabilitation Counseling Association, 1988-1992. Commentator weekly radio program, 1969. Host weekly television talk show, 1969.

      Contributor articles to professional journals.


    Party affiliation: Democrat


    Denomination: Roman Catholic


    Member Human Relations Advisory Board, Gainesville, 1979-1981. House manager Gainesville Community Playhouse, 1979-1981. Surrogate parent Alachua County School System, Gainesville, since 1990.

    Member National Rehabilitation Association, Florida Rehabilitation Association (board directors 1989-1990, secretary 1991, president 1994), National Rehabilitation Counseling Association, American Rehabilitation Counseling Association, National Council Rehabilitation Education, Vocational Evaluation and Work Adjunct Association (secretary 1991, editor bulletin since 1994), Association Christian Therapists, Civitan International (treasurer 1977-1981), Knights of Columbus.



    Woodworking, photography, camping/hiking, community theatre, collecting books.


    • Married Mary Jo Caniff, November 6, 1968 (divorced February 1979). 1 child, Tracie; married Connie Josephine Thola, July 20, 1984. Children: Elizabeth, Danielle, Rachel (deceased), David.
    • father: Lewis Thomas Spitznagel
    • mother: Carolyn Agnes (Munz) Spitznagel
    • spouses: Mary Jo Caniff
    • Connie Josephine Thola
    • children: Tracie Spitznagel
    • Elizabeth Spitznagel
    • Danielle Spitznagel
    • Rachel Spitznagel (deceased)
    • David Spitznagel
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    Born August 25, 1939