The Hutton Broadcasting Family Mourns for One of Our Own

Dr. Daniel Ronel - February 18th, 2011

Date February 21, 2011 at 11:00 PM

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Dr. Daniel Ronel, extended Hutton Broadcasting family member as co-host with his wife Betsy of Talk 1260 KTRC's "The Humanity Behind the Vanity" radio show which aired every Saturday here in Santa Fe, was killed in an automobile accident on the evening of February 18th, 2011. For everyone who knew and loved him, he will be sorely missed. "He was one of the kindest, most thoughtful men you would ever have the blessing to meet," says Marcia Beverly. " The love story that he shared with his wife Betsy was one of storybooks, and the dedication and adoration he showered on his sons was of the highest devotion. Our lives were enriched by his presence, every moment, and his laughter could make even the most tired person break a smile with him!". The thoughts and prayers of all of us here at the Hutton Broadcasting companies are with his wife Betsy, his two young sons, and his extended family and circle of friends.

Daniel was nationally known and recognized for his skills as a plastic surgeon and had offices in both Santa Fe and Albuquerque, specializing in aesthetic plastic surgery of the face and body. Dr. Daniel Ronel was the only physician in the United States who has been board-certified in both Pediatrics and Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Ronel graduated with honors from both Princeton University and the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. His plastic surgery training was at the New York Presbyterian Hospital program, which includes New York Hospital, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and the Hospital for Special Surgery.

He and his wife Betsy have long been major contributors to many local philanthropic organizations, and a portion of every cosmetic fee went to various local philanthropies. The couple established The Daniel and Elizabeth Ronel Fund for Breast Reconstruction to help women with reconstructive surgery after their cancer surgeries. Dr. Ronel waived all surgical fees for these procedures, and working with the Santa Fe Community Foundation, helped obtain funds to offset the cost of operating rooms, anesthesiologists, supplies and hospital charges. He was also a founding member of the Santa Fe Community Foundation Circle of Care, a fund that distributes income as grants to meet the most urgent health and human services needs in Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico.Medical Missions

Dr. Ronel traveled to Dharmasala, India, to work in the Dalai Lama's hospital for Tibetan refugees and at the Tibetan Children's Village. He contributes to the Eyes of Africa Initiative of the One World Sight Project, whose focus is the problem of preventable and curable blindness around the world, by hosting `Botox only' days from which 100% of the profits goes directly to the Eyes of Africa Initiative.

Dr. Ronel began working with youth-at-risk while in college, taking inner-city teens into the wilderness to teach them self-esteem and teamwork. An Instructor for the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School in the 1980's, Dr. Ronel was also involved in the early courses of the Baltimore-Chesapeake Bay and the New York City Outward Bound schools. Currently, the Ronels are involved with the Adoption Means Love Foundation: in June of 2009, the proceeds from Botox and injectable filler injections will be donated to the organization.

Dr. Ronel is also a regular donor to the Santa Fe Buckaroo Ball, which grants funds to programs assisting at-risk children in Santa Fe County.

The Ronels have personally sponsored the Santa Fe Opera, the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, SITE Santa Fe (a contemporary arts organization), and the New Mexico Museum Foundation. They are strong supporters of the Santa Fe and Espanola animal shelters and the Cornerstones Community Partnerships, which assists communities in the preservation of historic structures and promotes the use of centuries old building practices. The Ronels are board members of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and the Espanola Valley Humane Society.

The service will be held this Friday, 11am at Berardinelli Funeral home. The burial will be closed to the family.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations made on behalf of Dr. Ronel to the Espanola Valley Humane Society.