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Ronald Walter Wanless (b. 22 Aug 1946, d. 19 Jan 2008)
Ronald Walter Wanless (son of William Roland Wanless and Clara Olive Boyden)18 was born 22 Aug 1946 in Grace New Haven Hospital, Connecticut, and died 19 Jan 2008 in Los Angeles, CA..
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Ronald Walter Wanless suffered greatly in his later years from a long-term and very difficult respiratory illness.Most of his life was spent working in the motion picture industry as a marketing executive. Born in New Haven, CT on August 22, 1946, he was the son of the lateW. Roland and Clara Boyden Wanless. A lifelong resident of Orange, Connecticut, he also maintained homes at various times in Los Angeles and New York City. With a long and distinguished career in the motion picture industry, Ron had served as Senior Vice President Worldwide Marketing, The Samuel Goldwyn Company., President of Worldwide Marketing, New Line Cinema, Senior V.P. of Advertising and Publicity for the Atlantic Entertainment Group and Vice President / Management Supervisor at the Entertainment Division of Saatchi and Saatchi Advertising in New York City, Diener/ Hauser/Bates, where he worked on such accounts as Paramount Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox, Warner Brothers, United Artists, New Yorker Films. Cinema 5 Theatres RKO Stanley Warner Theatres and New Yorker Films. Wanless was a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences, The Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation and the New York Athletic Club.
Ron Wanless Transplant Operation at UCLA Successful
Date: Sun, 4 Feb 2007 16:09:43 -0800
Ron Wanless is currently stabilizing in the Intensive Care Unit at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles after a long awaited and successful double-lung transplant operation on Saturday February 3. The operation was 6 hours long. He is expected to be in the hospital for about another two weeks, and then come home to 24 hour care for the three months that follow (a risky time for post-operative organ rejection). Getting through an operation of this magnitude (which he did) is however a major achievement, and a reason to be positive and optimistic. A full at home aftercare plan is ready and in place. It will probably take Ron about six months to fully get back up to speed. Progress reports will follow when there is any new news.
No visitors, gifts, or flowers (not allowed in ICU) at this time please. More news to follow as it becomes available. For the first few months his visitors will be very limited temporarily due to his suppressed immune system and extreme susceptibility to germs. As soon as he is able to see people, which he definitely wants to do, we will let you know.
Update - Ron Wanless Transplant Operation
Date: Fri, 9 Feb 2007 03:45:17 -0500
On Monday, Ron was moved from the Intensive Care Unit to a private room. According to his doctors and nurses, that rarely happens so fast. He is still a little weak and in some pain, but he's doing great thus far.
Please absolutely no flowers but if you'd like to send a card, the address is:
UCLA Medical Center
4E MOU - Room 404
10833 Le Conte Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90095
More updates to come.
Ron Wanless - Update
Date: Sun, 11 Mar 2007 15:20:38 -0400
Ron is doing very well despite having had a few minor setbacks over
the last couple of weeks. He will hopefully be discharged sometime
Also, he is now in room 405 at UCLA Medical Center. The phone number
in his room is 310-267-2248.
Ron Wanless - Update
Date: Wed, 21 Mar 2007 20:55:46 -0400
As most of you are aware, Ron Wanless had a double lung transplant at UCLA Medical Center on February 2nd, and came through with flying colors. The lungs he received were in pristine condition from a 19 year old who had been on his high school football team, and was tragically killed in a car crash in San Francisco. The surgeon commented that almost never do lungs become available of this quality, and that bodes very well for his future longevity. The doctors are extremely pleased with his progress to date, and optimistic his future.
Ron returned home from the hospital last Friday (after six full weeks at UCLA) and is slowing trying to rest and get his strength back. The physical therapy team estimate that it will take anywhere from three to six months to get up to speed. The therapists think priority one is putting some more weight back on him as quickly as possible, and simultaneously starting a gradually escalating program of exercise to help get his strength back. It will be very slow at first, but they are confident at the end of six months, he will be a completely new person.
All good news.
Ronald W. Wanless
Born in New Haven, CT on Aug. 22, 1946
Departed on Jan. 19, 2008 and resided in Los Angeles, CA.
Service: Friday, Jan. 25, 2008
Cemetery: Orange Center Cemetery
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In Los Angeles, CA, January 19, 2007, Ronald W. Wanless a former longtime resident of Buttonball Rd., Orange. He maintained a residence in Los Angeles. Born in New Haven, CT on August 22, 1946, he was the son of the late W. Roland and Clara Boyden Wanless. With a long and distinguished career in the motion picture industry, Ron served as Senior V.P. of Worldwide Marketing, The Samuel Goldwyn, Co., President of Worldwide Marketing, New Line Cinema, Senior V.P. of Advertising and Publicity for the Atlantic Entertainment Group and Management Supervisor at the Entertainment Division of Saatchi and Saatchi Advertising in New York, The Diener/ Hauser/Bates Agency with accounts with all of the Major Motion Picture Studios. Ronald was a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences, The Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation and the New York Athletic Club. Ron is survived by two aunts, an uncle and many cousins living out of state.
A service of interment will be held in the Orange Center Cemetery in Orange, CT on Friday, January 25, 2008 at 11 a.m. Arrangements with BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 WHITNEY AVE., HAMDEN. Memorial contributions, if desired, may be sent in Memory of Ron to the Will Rodgers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation, 10045 Riverside Dr., Toluca Lake, CA 91602 or the Achievement First School, 403 James Street, New Haven, CT 06513.
Guestbook for Ronald W. WanlessShowing 1 - 2 of 2 entries.
I met Ron when he was at New Line. Ron was a good person and always had an ubundance of funny stories to tell. He loved being in the biz and he had a great following of friends on both coasts. He will be missed by many.
Feb 14, 2008
Palm Springs, CA
I met Ron thru my husband, Peter Spodick. Ron always made certain that any time you spent with him was planned out with every single little detail perfectly executed (or there would be hell to pay!) to ensure you had a wonderful time spent with him. He had pride in his way of doing things. He knew exactly how and what he wanted, every event planned, and made sure things were perfect. It was his way of life, from what I observed. It is sad that the attention to the way he wanted this event in his life
will not be done in the the way he wished. I know this will be an extreme disappointment to him, since he even had this monumental event planned in advance so it would be the perfect affair for all of those who loved and cared about him. It was to be done with style and class, just as he lived his life. Like the champagne glasses he gave us for our wedding gift, in the signature baby blue box,white ribbon, from Tiffanys, which I still have today. I think of him everytime I reach in my cabinet and see them.
Peter and I spent time with Ron in New York, when he first started working for New Line Cinemas. I remember going to the party with him at the Limelight and meeting Pierce Brosnan, who was starring in his first role as James Bond. We would go to Trader Vics and I would leave with a necklace of gardenias that would be floating in a drink that I can't remember the name of, it's been so long. Ron also did everything first class, the limos to The Mudd Club, Limelight, and many other fine restaurants. A truly class act, we (Peter, Sara. and Elizabeth) will remember him fondly and miss him greatly.
Jan 24, 2008
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Burial: 25 Jan 2008, Orange Center Cemetery ,Orange, CT.
Residence: 2000, 733 Hantley Drive. Los Angeles, CA. 90069.