Ronald Farina, VL ’65

Longtime Boulder resident Ronald F. Farina died peacefully on Monday, August 7, 2023. Ron was born in 1943 in New York, New York, and grew up in New York and Cranford, New Jersey. He was predeceased by parents Rene Farinas and Sarah Farinas (nee McSorley), and sister Blanche Farnham. He received a BS and MA in International Relations from Lehigh University, where he was a member of the Kappa Alpha Society, and served in the Peace Corps in Brazil. He was an officer in the U.S. Navy and served in Vietnam navigating P3 airplanes across the Pacific.

After moving to Boulder, he received his PhD in Management Science from the University of Colorado and taught as a professor at the University of Denver Daniels College of Business. Ron was an adventurer and athlete, whose lifelong love for music was matched only by his love for classic jaguars. Ron loved playing guitar, singing, and dancing with friends, with a particular passion for Brazilian music and culture. Ron loved restoring classic cars and was often seen driving to McGuckin’s in Boulder in his Mark 2 Jaguar. He summited Mt. Denali in Alaska, was a runner, avid cross-country skier, roller skier, and cyclist. He loved Sunday afternoon beers with close friends.

Ron is survived by his daughter Tanya Menchi (Richard Menchi), son Ryan Farina and granddaughter Zoe Farina (3), and niece Sarena Warner. Memorial services will be privately held. Donations in his honor may be made to Trail Winds Hospice of Boulder.

This obituary was taken in part from the The Daily Camera, published in August 19, 2023.