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​​​Ron McLarty ’69 

A ceremony was held on Oct. 1 in Gaige Hall to dedicate a collection of work by celebrated author, playwright and narrator Ron McLarty ’69.

McLarty, who earned his B.A. in English at RIC, donated to the college original manuscripts of his novels, plays and poems; his extensive audiobook narrations; photos; reviews; and his biography, among other items now being​ housed in Adams Library. 

After a welcome address from RIC President Frank D. Sánchez, comments were made by McLarty’s wife, Kate Skinner McLarty, and brother, Doug McLarty, and dramatic readings were given​ of McLarty’s work from his friends and fellow actors Paul Mullins and Philip Goodwin. McLarty’s sons, Matthew and Luke McLarty, were also in attendance

dramatic reading
Kate Skinner McLarty performs a dramatic reading of her husband’s work along with actors Paul Mullins, left, and Phillip Goodwin. 

“Ron and I are thrilled that the manuscripts and memorabilia from his long career as an author and actor have found a home at Rhode Island College,’’ Skinner McLarty said. “Ron is a Rhode Island boy to his core, so this is the perfect place for his archive to be housed.’’


Remarks from Kate Skinner McLarty at the Ron McLarty Archive Dedication

Noted author David Baldacci, for whom McLarty has narrated several audiobooks, also delivered remarks, calling McLarty “the man with the golden voice and a huge heart who brought his incredible talents to my works, giving listeners a whole new way to experience reading.’’


Remarks from David Baldacci at the Ron McLarty Archive Dedication​

McLarty’s screen appearances include the television shows “Spenser: For Hire,’’ “Law & Order,’’ and “Sex and the City,’’ as well as the feature films “The Sentinel’’ and “Tiger Town,’’ for which he received a 1984 ACE Award nomination for Best Actor in a Dramatic or Theatrical Program. On Broadway, he appeared in “Moonchildren’’ (1972) and “Our Country’s Good’’ (1991).


Ron McLarty Reel, excerpt

McLarty wrote several books, including the critically acclaimed bestseller “The Memory of Running’’ and “Traveler.’’ In 2007 RIC honored McLarty with an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities. He also received the Charles B. Williard Achievement Award from the RIC Alumni Association in 2005.

RIC President Frank D. Sánchez addresses packed audience at Ron McLarty collection dedication.