The following text was written and submitted by Jean Ershler Schatz, artist and researcher of Laguna Woods, California:
Ronald Brooks was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1932. He took the additional name of his mother's second husband, Dr. Walter Kitaj, a Viennese Jew. At an early age, he developed a compassion for persons less fortunate and became dedicated to socialism, which had a lasting effect on his life and work.
The artist attended high school in Troy, New York (showing 500 of 5396 characters).