Dr. Ron D. Short – Wake Forest Obituary

Dr. Ron D. Short

Apr 21, 1940 – Feb 26, 2017

Dr. Ron D. Short passed away on February 26, 2017 at the age of 76 following a long battle with Fronto-Temporal Dementia. Ron was born April 21, 1940 to the late Rossia Byers Short and Arlis Ray Short in Lovington, New Mexico.

Ron attended Texas Tech University on a football scholarship and later graduated from Baylor College of Dentistry. Upon graduation he enlisted in the Army and served in the Dental Corp during a tour in Vietnam. Upon leaving the military, Ron was recruited by the Wake County Health Department in Raleigh to develop a dental program and serve as its director. During his tenure at WCHD, Dr. Short served as adjunct faculty at the UNC School of Dentistry and was honored to receive the Reynolds Award for his contributions to Public Health. He also served as president of the Raleigh-Wake County Dental Society. In 1981 Ron transitioned into private practice in Raleigh, where he remained until his retirement in 2011. Dr. Short made it his mission to better the lives of those he came into contact with, and took pride in cultivating relationships with his patients and staff. He gained their love and respect through his unwavering dedication and tender care. In addition to his true passion for helping others, Dr. Short enjoyed spending time with family, playing golf, and fishing.

A celebration of Dr. Short’s life will take place on Saturday, March 4 at 11:00 AM in the Chapel of Bright Funeral Home, Wake Forest. Dr. Allen Page will officiate.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Rosanne, and their two children – daughter, Jennifer Schoenholz (Derek, granddaughters Cecelia and Charlotte), of Wake Forest and son, Joseph Short, of Chapel Hill. He is also survived by his daughters, Rhonda Rae Smith (granddaughters Macall and Morgann) of Albuquerque, NM and Kelly Anne Marr (granddaughters Macie, Taylor and Samantha) of Andrews, TX, and son, Brad Marr (grandchildren Stefan, Carleigh, Britt and Nikki) of Billings, MT. Also surviving are his sister, Frances Dawkins (Enoch,) of New Orleans, LA and brother, Jim Short (Nikki), of Azle, TX, as well as eight great-grandchildren and a multitude of nephews, nieces, cousins and extended family. He was predeceased by a sister, Nancy Toone, of Jacksonville, FL.

The family appreciates the love, care and support given to Ron over the past few years by the staff at Central Regional Hospital, Longleaf Neuro-Medical Center, UNC Rex Rehabilitation and Nursing Care Center of Apex and Transitions Hospice Care.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (www.theaftd.org).

The family will receive friends on Friday, March 3rd from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at Bright Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 405 S. Main St., Wake Forest, NC 27587. (919) 556-5811, and at other times at their home, 209 Tazwell Hall Lane, Wake Forest 27587.

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