OBITUARY: Ronald Joseph Killiany, 61

Ronald Joseph Killiany, 61, of Marblehead, passed away on Saturday, March 4. He was the beloved husband of Miriam Bonutti Killiany with whom he shared 36 years of marriage.

Born in Torrington, Conneticut, Ron was the son of Andrew and Betty Ann Killiany, a dear brother to Thomas Killiany and Dianna Orth, uncle to Benjamin Killiany, and a beloved brother-in-law to David Orth, Hank and Kathy Bonutti, Magda and Paul Szabo, Peter and Simone Bonutti, and Boris Bonutti, as well as a treasured son-in-law to Karl Bonutti.

He grew up in Torrington, Connecticut, and Birmingham, Mississippi , graduating from Seaholm High School in Birmingham, MI and then attending John Carroll University in Cleveland, OH, receiving his B.S. He followed this with a master’s degree from the University of Hartford and a Ph.D. from Northeastern University in Boston. Ron then began his post-doctoral professional career at Boston University School of Medicine, where he spent 32 years teaching and providing leading research in neuropsychology, neuroimaging, and neuropathology. He studied the human brain and focused on dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Ron was a steward to many, developing the next generation of scientists, dedicated to fostering their creativity and ingenuity as they continue with this and other research. Ron collaborated with many researchers, not only within the Boston community but nationally and globally as well. Additionally, Ron practiced clinically at Essex Neurological Associates as a Neuropsychologist, assisting the community of the North Shore of Boston in diagnosing those with dementia and helping them take the next steps of care.

He enjoyed time with family and friends, riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle, but mostly working with his hands renovating his home in historic Marblehead with exquisite details.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Ronald J. Killiany Fund at BU Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine. Please visit and write in the Ronald J. Killiany Fund or contact for more information. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Killiany and Bonutti families.

Marblehead Current staff
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