Ronald Shawger died October 30, 2015 from multiple sclerosis.
Ronald studied with Seattle Symphony principal cellist Raymond Davis as a teenager, and later studied with Leonard Rose and Channing Robbins at the Juilliard School in New York, earning Bachelors and Masters Degrees in performance.
He joined the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in 1985.
Mr Shawger served as a former principal cellist with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and at the Pacific Northwest Ballet and Chamber orchestras.
Ronald was appointed principal cellist of the Milwaukee Symphony in 1988 at the age of 28, and left the orchestra in the mid-1990s due to the onset of multiple sclerosis.
He was married to Laurie Shawger, who joined the MSO as a second violinist a few years after her husband.
Ronald suffered from multiple sclerosis.
He passed away at age 55 in October 2015.