- Benjamin Sears
Ronell, Ann (25 December 1905–25 December 1993), composer and lyricist, was born Ann Rosenblatt in Omaha, Nebraska, the third of four children born to Morris Rosenblatt, a coal dealer, and Mollie Rosenblatt (maiden name unknown). The year of Ronell's birth has appeared variously as 1903, 1906, and 1908; she was also known as Anne and Anna. She was descended from recent immigrants, her father being a Russian émigré who arrived in this country from Czarist Russia in 1890 and settled in Omaha. After graduating from Omaha's Central High School in 1923, she enrolled first at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, and then transferred following her sophomore year to Radcliffe College, where she could receive more intensive musical training. Her teachers at Radcliffe included Edward Ballantine, Archibald Davison, Edward Burlingame Hill, and Walter Spalding, all notable teachers of composition....