Obiturary: Richard Angwin Furze, June 28, 1945 – July 19, 2015 |

Obiturary: Richard Angwin Furze, June 28, 1945 – July 19, 2015

Richard Angwin Furze
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Richard Angwin Furze died in his sleep on July 19, 2015. He was 70 years old. Rich was born on June 28, 1945 in Palo Alto, Calif., to his father, a Naval officer and his mother, a nurse. Rich grew up in Lead, S.D. and received a B.A. from Macalester College in Minneapolis, Minn. and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Irish literature and history from National University, Dublin, Ireland.

As a young man, Rich was a gold miner in Lead, S.D. and an instructor of English at Montana State University. He became a beloved teacher of English at Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale, Colo., Philips Exeter Academy, Deerfield Academy, and Augusta Prep. His excellence in the classroom stemmed from intense passion for and studied knowledge of literature and a commitment to the hard work of teaching. A brilliant raconteur, Rich also nurtured and encouraged his students. Rich was a devoted cyclist, hiker, and cross-country skier. During his retirement in Fruita, Colo. he biked up the Monument and ran in the high desert with his cantankerous and devoted cattle-dog, Molly. He was the proud owner of peach, plum and cherry trees and he rendered beautiful oil paintings of Fruita and the surrounding desert, which his girlfriend, Katelynn Bell, an accomplished artist, helped inspire.

Rich is survived by his daughter, Kate Furze (To Pak) of Boulder and his brother, James Furze, MD (Pam) of Durango, Colo. The Honorary Richard Angwin Furze and Mirene Irma Furze preceded him in death. He will be missed for the humor and vitality that sparked his life.

In lieu of flowers, send donations to Best Friends Animal Society, 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, Utah, 84741.

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