Ronald Charles Denhardt

Ronald Charles Denhardt, July 11, 1943 to March 3, 2021

The second of two sons born to a hairdresser, Hazel Loretta Ensor Denhardt,
and a World War II veteran, William Charles Denhardt, Ronald Charles
Denhardt was raised at his maternal grandmother’s home, in the small town of
New Freedom, Pennsylvania. As a teenager, he moved back to Townsend,
Maryland, to live with his mother and her second husband and attend public
high school. Following some Junior college classes, he enlisted in the army, and
he served his three-year commitment, mostly in Japan, working in
communications. He then paid for college at the University of Maryland by
working for the railroad and then at a steel mill. Subsequently, he earned a PhD
in Economics at the University of Minnesota.

His 12-year marriage to Barbara Ann Denhardt ended when he returned to the
East Coast for his first professional job at Data Resource Institute. He
subsequently worked for Eastern Gas and Fuel, Jensen Associates and WEFA,
a consulting company that was taken over, multiple times, before he was laid off.
In 2003, he and a business associate, Mike Lynch, began their own company,
Strategic Energy & Economic Research, from which he retired, at the age of 70.

Within a few years of coming to Boston, Ron met Patricia Shepard. They
married in 1984 and had two sons, Ian Shepard Denhardt, born in 1987, and
Shane Tristan Denhardt, born in 1993.

In the early 1990s, Ron’s meditation practice began in earnest. He studied with
many teachers before settling into practicing and volunteering at the Cambridge
Insight Meditation Center. Over 10 years ago, he became a CIMC Teacher and
continued happily teaching there for as long as he was able.

After nearly a year of treatment for metastatic cancer, Ronald Charles Denhardt died peacefully at his home in Winchester, MA on March 3, 2021, in the presence of his wife and two adult sons. He was 77 years old. He is also survived by his brother and niece, Gary and Natalie Denhardt, who live near Baltimore, Maryland.

CIMC Honors Ron Denhardt on March 9, 2021

A Celebration & Memorial Service will be held for Ron Denhardt on zoom

on Saturday, April 17th from 4– 5:30pm

If you are interested in attending, please contact the immediate family at


A Message from Ron’s immediate family about Donations

Please consider joining us in making a donation to Cambridge Insight Meditation Center. If this is something you are able to do, please send a check of any amount to 331 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139, with a note that your gift is in Ron Denhardt’s honor. All proceeds will be made available for the benefit of the People of Color Sangha. Thank you very much for your generosity!

A link to the recording of the Memorial Service can be found at:



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3 Condolences

  1. Dorrie King on April 15, 2021 at 5:07 pm

    Ron has been a meaningful part of and then leader of my sangha at The Cambridge Insight Meditation Center. His teaching lives on quite concretely in meditation groups.

  2. Elizabeth Landman on April 15, 2021 at 7:41 pm

    Being with Ron so many times at the Thursday Morning Retreat at CIMC was very special for me. Just knowing he was meditating too helped to deepen my meditation. His was an open, radiant mind always eager to learn, always eager to be openhearted and
    compassionate, and to offer wisdom.

  3. Julia Doo on April 17, 2021 at 5:43 pm

    Ron was such a warm person. He welcomed me into his meditation group at the Winchester Unitarian Church, despite my age and lack of knowledge and experience. I am so thankful for his teachings every day.

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