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Peter Michael Ronai

January 14, 1938 - November 2, 2021

Peter Michael RonaiPeter Michael RonaiPeter Michael Ronai 1/14/1938 - 11/2/2021
Born in Hungary to Elizabeth and Ernest Ronai. Emigrated to Sydney, Australia at 2 years old. Graduated first in his class, MD PhD from University of Sydney, with studies at UC Berkeley. Married Dorelle Tod and raised 4 children in Sydney, and Adelaide, Australia. In 1975, Peter and Dorelle immigrated to the US with their children, and Peter practiced Nuclear Medicine at UC Denver. In 1977, the family moved to Kansas where Peter spent 2 years in Radiology residency at KU. Peter’s final move in 1979 brought the family to Salem where he practiced Nuclear Medicine and Radiology at Salem Radiology Consultants and Salem Hospital until 1997. He spent his retirement traveling and helping Dorelle with her medical needs from Ovarian Cancer. He enjoyed participating in Salem Travel Club, Pentacle Community Theater, Willamette Institute of Continued Learning, Apple technology, and Tesla.  He is survived by his four children: Melanie, Kim, Amanda, and Mark, and his five grandchildren: Ari, Emma, Ellie, Miranda, and Christopher. He is additionally survived by his son-in-law Jonathan Durning, sister-in-law Judith Buist , and his dear friend Sherry Collins. He was wise, dedicated to his family, and will be incredibly missed by us all. At Peter’s request there will be no memorial services.

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Peter and I were graduate students at Berkeley in the ‘70s and played golf weekly  and socialized with Peter and Dorelle while we were still both in Berkeley. Our son Jared was born in Berkeley the same week that Melanie was born in San Francisco. We have been corresponding continuously all these years about our growing families, but also about the sad times. I will miss our yearly correspondence, and especially that we were not able to meet either in Oregon or the East.

Peter had a life-changing influence on us. After listening to 3 of his 4 ICL lectures on transportation and EV’s we went out and bought a Tesla. Shortly after it arrived we installed solar panels. I would send pictures of our car, and the Tesla our son bought, and he would keep me up to date with Tesla technology. Last spring we collaborated on a presentation on Australian wildfires & Kaolas. He was a kind and wonderful man and was a tremendous role-model for us with environmental concerns.


We have known Peter through attendance at the Institute for Continued Learning at Willamette University. We admired his wit, his intelligence, his leadership, and his kindness to all. Although we never knew his wife, Dorelle, Peter gave a presentation at ICL, demonstrating her love for music and the life they shared together. The most memorable of his many presentations was regarding the issue of Climate Change, with an enormous amount of data that would convince one, for sure, to purchase an electric car. What a joy it has been to have known him for this brief time!  Many condolences to his family. 

Condolences to Peter's friends and family.  I worked with Peter on the Board of Directors of The Institute of Continued Learning at Willamette University.   He was an extraordinary person, both kind and wise.  We always listened to his council.  I will miss him.

Peter was an intelligent and kind man. His accomplishments are many and his wit memorable.
I was honored to have known him through ICL and the Travel Club where his organizational skills and leadership was crucial. He touched many lives for the better. He was proud of and devoted to his family and community.  We were all blessed to have known this exceptional man..

RIP my dear friend. You have earned some peace. 

I knew Peter through the Institute for Continued Learning at Willamette University.  As others have said, he was kind and knowledgeable and very witty. He and I often engaged in discussions about the direction of the US Supreme Court; I will miss his emails pointing me in the direction of articles or blogs or simply telling me “I told you so” (more politely than that, of course.) And I will miss his puns and his presence at ICL. 
My condolences to Peter’s loved ones. 

Peter was my go-to person whenever I encountered a grammatical enigma.  He was the "expert," one I could fully rely on to get it right.  I am forever grateful for his getting me hooked up with gmail--albeit remotely several years ago.  So intelligent and so humble he was.


When I was in practice, Peter was always one of my favorite radiologists - the epitome of a gentlemanly old-school physician.I also loved my social interactions with him and Dorelle, particularly at Abiqua Grandparents' Days.
My thoughts are with the family. May your memories bring you comfort.