During his 60-year career, Leonard Ronis was instrumental on both the local and national level in the development and growth of transportation infrastructure.
Born in 1921, Leonard earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Cleveland City College at Western Reserve University, which would eventually expand and become Case Western Reserve University. After a successful experience in the army, where he rose to the rank of First Lieutenant, Leonard was honorably discharged from 1946 and joined the Cleveland Transportation System (CTS) as a Personnel Manager. He would stay with CTS for 25 years, eventually becoming the group’s general manager, before joining the newly formed Regional Transit Authority as its first general manager.
In 1980, Leonard took his efforts to the national level when he was appointed to the prestigious position of President for the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). His work was immensely successful at APTA and, in 1990, Leonard was inducted into the APTA Hall of Fame. After his leave from the group, Leonard worked as a full-time consultant for the engineering firm Parsons Brinkerhoff.
Leonard’s interests were not limited to the world of transportation, as he was immensely active in Northeast Ohio’s Jewish community. He was a member of the Board of Trustees for the Cleveland Jewish Community Center and treasurer and director of Cleveland’s Temple Emanuel.
Leonard Ronis died in 2012, at the age of 90. This forum was established in his honor in gratitude for significant gifts in his honor made to the City Club Forum Foundation.
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