Rick Gumina, a long-time instructor in the Department of Statistics, passed away suddenly on Oct. 22, 2012. He was 55 years old.


Carl Richard ("Rick") Gumina Jr. 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.

On Friday, October 26, 2012 an event was held at the Lory Student Center Theater to recognize and celebrate his life and its significance to our campus community.  The event was attended by approximately 200 members of the CSU community and many of Rick's relatives.  Participants shared reminiscences of Rick and described his impact on their lives.

The announcement of the event can be found at Today at CSU.

Two articles in the Collegian are also available below:

Collegian: Colorado State Instructor Carl Richard Gumina Pronounced Dead

Collegian: Colorado State's Carl Richard Gumina remembered for outstanding teaching