I was shocked and saddened to to learn of Ron's untimely passing. What an outstanding scholar, teacher, and friend he was. His teachings on early treatment orthodontics were so sound, and scientifically based that all who heard him speak, and practiced what they learned from him were able to provide an incredible service to the growing children that they served.
May you rest in peace, Ron, after a life of incredible service!
I had the honor and absolute pleasure of being a pediatric dental resident at MUSC over the past two years and was mentored by Dr. Bell. He was (as everyone has said) an amazing individual, eager to teach his residents and field questions at any time with a practical way of creating a passion to learn. His stories of years past were legendary- and his love for his family, teaching, art, music, craft beers, and anything Louisiana was what made him such an affable and unique individual. He was a true hero and trailblazer of the pediatric dental and orthodontic culture and his legacy in the dental world will live on through the residents he taught and the countless others that were able to hear him lecture over the years. I will always consider him not only one of the greatest mentors I have ever had, but also a dear friend. He will be greatly missed not only by his family and close friends, but also by his dental family all over the country.
"Learning is a change in behavior"- Ron Bell
I have had the supreme privilege of being one of Dr. Bell's students..all the way from Dental Assisting at Augusta Tech to Dental Hygiene at MCG to MUSC College of Dental Medicine where Dr. Bell taught Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics to a captive audience of Dental Students and Dental Residents. Never at a loss for words, his wisdom will resound through the lives he touched and taught over so many years!! I know he will be sadly and very much missed...
I feel very fortunate to have had Dr. Bell as my professor and mentor at MUSC. There are so many good memories from my time under his guidance and in more recent times, I would seek him out for his wisdom and opinions. He will be missed.
Ronnie was my great friend and the best brother in law anyone could have. Always there for me and included me in all occasions...trips in the U.S. and Europe, LSU football, crabbing, dining out, presidential election chat, movies, books...Scrabble...he was my Scrabble partner. And I appreciate that he took such excellent care of my sister. Life will not be the same without him. He will always be an inspiration to my sons. They admired him greatly. We all did.