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In Memory

Rick Gumina, Jr. - celebration of life service scheduled on campus

October 24, 2012

The College of Natural Sciences at Colorado State University will hold a service for Carl Richard 'Rick' Gumina, Jr., from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26, in the Lory Student Center Theatre to recognize and celebrate his life and its significance to our campus community.

Rick GuminaRick, an instructor in the Department of Statistics, passed away suddenly on Oct. 22. He was 55 years old.

Rick was born in Rochester, NY, and grew up in Webster, NY. He received his undergraduate degrees in chemistry and mathematics from Hope College in 1979. He earned a secondary education certificate from CSU in 1991 and received his master's in statistics from Colorado State in 1998. He had been an instructor in the Department of Statistics since 1997 and was a beloved teacher who genuinely cared about his students. 

In addition to being a well-liked and respected teacher, Rick was an active member of the Foothills Unitarian Church where he lead the Partner Church Group raising money to provide youth scholarships in Romania.  Rick supported the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program and other humanitarian charities and devoted his time to helping others.  He had a great enthusiasm for the outdoors, photography, music, and dogs and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, cooking, traveling, doing home construction projects, and riding his bicycle.

He is survived by his wife, Judy; daughter, Jamie; sons, Josh, Jeffrey ("Ricky"), and Joey; father, Carl; mother, Rosemary; brothers, Rory (Janet), Greg (Cilla), Carmen (Sheri), and William "Buddy" (Andrea); and grandchildren, Layla and Zach.

In lieu of flowers, any memorial contributions you wish to make in Rick's memory may be directed to the Foothills Unitarian Church and designated for support of their sister church in Romania, or to any humanitarian organization of your choosing. 

The service at CSU will include opportunities for faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members who knew Rick to share their memories and thoughts about a teacher whose life ended much too soon. Light refreshments will be served.

Contact: Dell Rae Moellenberg
Phone: (970) 491-6009