Bachelor, University Missouri, 1959. Juris Doctor, American University, 1966. Master of Arts, Southern Illinois University, 1971.
Legislation aide United States Congress, Washington, 1963-1964. Director City of Waterloo, Iowa, 1966-1967. Assistant county attorney Black Hawk County, 1967-1969.
Special assistant to counselor to President The White House, Washington, 1970-1971. Trial attorney United States Department Transportation, 1971-1972. Assistant general counsel Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Chicago, 1972-1975.
Administrator wage and hour division United States Department Labor, Washington, 1975-1977. Partner Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, Cleveland, 1977—2003. Chief human capital officer United States Department Homeland Security, Washington, 2003—2006.
Assistant sec for manpower & reserve affairs, Department Army United States Department Defense, 2006—2009.
1st lieutenant United States Army, 1960-1963.
Married Vivian Thelma, June 1961 (div. September 1969); Married Patricia O'Donnell, October 31, 1970. Children: Ronald Junior, Kevin, Shannon, Kelly, Catlin.