Ronald F King, OFM
1917 – 1995
Fr. Ronald King, OFM, was born on June 18, 1917 in Dorchester, Mass. He attended The Thomas J. Kenney School and Boston English High School before entering the novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary, Paterson, N.J., in 1941. He professed temporary vows in 1942, made his solemn profession in 1945 and was ordained in 1947.
Except for two years of graduate studies at St. Louis University, Fr. Ronald spent his entire Franciscan life at Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y. He taught math for nearly 40 years and continued to tutor students after he retired in 1988. He also ministered in parishes in the Albany, N.Y., area and served St. Joseph Motherhouse in Latham, N.Y.
Fr. Ron was extremely understanding when it came to college students, and treated them with kindness and patience during the many changes that took place on college campuses after the 1960s. He also provided great care and compassion for the sick friars at Siena, as well as those whom he visited in hospitals.
He died on Dec. 11, 1995 at Holy Name Friary in Ringwood, N.J. Fr. Ronald was 78 years old, a professed friar for 53 years and a priest for 48 years. He was the older brother of Fr. Hugh King, OFM.