Ronald Lee Rosenthal
June 14, 1950 – July 14, 1982
We never met anyone like Ron before. After he died, we realized it was not possible to place him in any familiar category because he epitomized the man of the future. There was nothing sexist or macho about him. When he spoke of human rights and liberties, they excluded no human being from the cradle to the grave, regardless of race, colour, sex, etc. I am meeting and hearing about more and more young men with Ron’s sense of justice and equality. When these young people become socialists, they will be like Ron. It will take some time yet. That’s why Ron was so rare and in a very special category. He had class!
— Genora (Johnson) Dollinger
On July 19, 1982, over 200 people gathered to commemorate the life of my son, Ron Rosenthal. Tributes were given by family members and by members of the gay, union, and socialist movements to which he belonged.
All his life, Ron suffered from a serious physical handicap which gave him an acute sensitivity to the feelings and sufferings of others. It provided a human dimension to his politics. And it led him to unqualified support for all who are discriminated against. He was the champion of all victims of injustice and exploitation. He will be greatly missed.
— Joyce Rosenthal