Whether as a lawyer, a politician or a man battling pancreatic cancer for six years, Tom Farley will be remembered for his brilliance, humor and tenacity.
Farley died Monday afternoon at Parkview Medical Center, an institution he served as legal counsel for more than 30 years, The Pueblo Chieftain reports. He was 75.
Former Congressman Ray Kogovsek was with his longtime friend just minutes before Farley died, surrounded by family.
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The Fort Collins Coloradoan: Longtime Puebloan Tom Farley, a member of the CSU System Board of Governors, died Monday afternoon after an illness, a university spokeswoman said. Farley served as a state representative from Pueblo from 1967-1975 and was an attorney and senior partner in Petersen & Fonda in Pueblo specializing in education and health-care law.
Rocky Mountain Collegian: Tom Farley, a CSU-System Board of Governors member who was battling cancer, died Monday afternoon at age 75. The governor appoints members of the board under usual circumstances. In the event of a death or resignation of a board member, the other members will choose someone to fill the empty seat and serve through the remainder of Farley’s term, which was slated to end on Dec. 31, 2011.
GOV. RITTER STATEMENT REGARDING DEATH OF TOM FARLEY
Gov. Bill Ritter issued the following statement today regarding the death of Tom Farley, a member of the Colorado State University System Board of Governors:
“Tom was a long-time friend whose heart always belonged to Pueblo. He was an incredible public servant, having served in the state Legislature, on the Colorado Wildlife Commission, the state Board of Agriculture and most recently on the CSU board. He was a fierce advocate for higher education and was enthusiastic about every cause and every issue he tackled. Combine his passion and commitment with a great sense of humor, and he was just a wonderful person to be around. He served the state in invaluable ways and he will be sorely missed. Jeannie and I send our deepest condolences to Tom’s family, friends and colleagues.”