Tim attended Phillips Exeter Academy, graduated Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in Psychology from Williams College in 1965, and received a Ph.D. in Physiological and Comparative Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1972. He worked in the Gombe National Park in Tanzania with Dr. Jane Goodall. He later returned to East Africa as a wildlife photographer and produced a cover article on baboon studies for National Geographic Magazine. Since then his photographic studies of whales, river otters and bald eagles in the Pacific Northwest have been featured in national magazines, journal articles and textbooks. Mr. Ransom coordinated research and education for the Puget Sound Water Quality Authority and its successor agencies in the state of Washington. Ransom retired in 2002 to write a book on the history of a family and the farm that they owned for over 100 years in the Nisqually Valley.
Currently Tim is the Board President of Panza/Quixote Village. Panza is a 501C3 non-profit organization that mobilized community support for Camp Quixote and helped build Quixote Village.