Born: Ronald Alexander Pavellas, 7 January 1937, San Francisco, California.
Parents: Artemis Helen Pagonis (1918-2008); Conrad Harpending Pavellas (1913-2000). Sibling: Diane Helen Pavellas (1942-2011)
Education: public schools in San Francisco, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Berkeley (California); master’s degree in public health (MPH), with an emphasis in hospital management (U.C. Berkeley, 1965).
Military: US Navy, 1954-1958; electronics technician aboard the aircraft carrier USS Bon Homme Richard, CVA-31, 1956-1957.
Marriages: Patricia, 1959-1971; Mary, 1973-1994; Eva, 2002.
Children: Andrea, 1963; Gregory, 1967; Matthew, 1976; Alexander, 1981; Analiese, 1983. Employment: 1951-1963, many entry level and a few semi-skilled jobs; 1964-2002, hospitals, medical groups and related organizations, mostly as chief executive.
Consulting and teaching: occasionally, from around 1975.
Professional: officer of non-profit boards, hospital associations, and medical group advocacy organizations. Presented papers to the National Commission on Public General Hospitals, 1977-78. Testimony to government bodies in California and Alaska. Member of state commissions on hospital and medical care. Expert testimony in court and in legal hearings. Teacher of management at two California universities, and to private and community organizations. Founding Chairman of the County Hospital Committee of the California Hospital Association, 1978. Founding president of the English speaking Rotary Club in Stockholm, 2003.
Since retirement at age 70 : Since 2009 I have published articles in a what started as a general-topic magazine (weblog) named The Pavellas Perspective, the same name I used for my now extinct management consulting company. Over time, I published other blogs for specific categories of writings. I have written poems, short stories, memoirs, and a family history. I have lived in Stockholm since 2002. Editor and Contributor to Raft of Leaves, an anthology of writings published in 2021 by the Stockholm Writers Group, Sweden.
Peculiar Stories and Declarations
Interesting stuff, Ron. A Greek purser told me Euxine (which is what the Black Sea is called on the old, old maps) means Fertile; which describes the sea and area. Black is from the meaning of very fertile, or black, soil.
So there you go.
Interesting about the name. This version was not included, I believe, in the book which did dwell upon the origin of the name. The word ‘Euxine’ was mentioned briefly in the beginning, but I didn’t see a strict definition of this ancient word. Thanks.
Was looking up our old colleagues and classmates and came across your BLOG. Hope that you get this message. I read some of your entries — fascinating! Would love to exchange emails to catch up and Stockholm, wow.
Hi Geoff. Long time no see. I’ll contact you by email. Good to hear from you.
How about at least giving a photo credit on my copyrighted portrait of Aaron Copland? ©1979-2010 Adair will do.
Absolutely! Sorry to have missed this. I only recently figured out how to put a caption under photos. I’ll get to it later today–it’s 3 AM right now and I’m going back to bed.
You have developed a wonderful web site. I will bookmark it for further visits. Excellent job.
Thanks very much, Don. I am posting less often than I used to for two reasons: I am focusing more on creative writing, and I am not finding many new, inspiring subjects. Perhaps, as with poetry, I have said what I can say in this medium. But, then, I can’t predict an inspiration, can I? Best wishes.
Ron, Congratulations on publishing. I, too, have just published a chapter of my “hope to publish” book…my bird story. On the spur of the moment, I submitted a chapter to the Knoxville Writer’s Guild Anthology for 2011 and they accepted it. What motivation! Joan from Tennessee
Hi Ron. This is Bengt Nilsson, author of “Makeda – Queen of Sheba”. I have published a new book that I would like to tell you about. Whats your email address?