Remembering President Farish

The University community is heartbroken by the passing of President Donald J. Farish on Thursday, July 5, 2018, after a sudden and serious illness.

As our 10th president, he truly transformed this University, leading us forward in community engagement, college affordability and equity. Along the way, he demonstrated a genuine love for students and a steadfast belief in the power of higher education to transform lives. More than that, he was a thoughtful, wise and caring friend who we will miss greatly.

Information on Services

Thank you to everyone in the RWU community and greater community who attended calling hours for President Farish on Thursday, July 19.

Funeral services for President Farish will be private.

Please save the date for a special event celebrating the life of President Farish at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. More details will follow.

In the meantime, please respect the family’s desire for privacy to grieve and get some rest. Cards and expressions of sympathy may be sent to the University Residence, 45 Ferry Road, Bristol, RI 02809.

Share Your Memories of President Farish

Many people within the campus community and greater community have been sharing condolences and memories on the University’s Facebook page.

Share Your Memories of President Farish on Facebook

The President Donald J. Farish Memorial Fund

President FarishIn response to the outpouring of condolences and numerous requests for a way to honor the life and legacy of President Farish, we have established the President Donald J. Farish Memorial Fund. All contributions to this fund will be designated to support the University and its initiatives according to the family’s wishes. Additional details will be shared as they become available.

If you wish to pay tribute to the remarkable life and legacy of President Farish, you can make an immediate online donation to the President Donald J. Farish Memorial Fund

Make a Gift to the President Donald J. Farish Memorial Fund

If you prefer, you can mail your check, made payable to Roger Williams University, with the donation designated in the memo line “President Donald J. Farish Memorial Fund” to:

Roger Williams University
Gift Processing
One Old Ferry Road
Bristol, R.I.

Celebrating President Farish

RWU Announces the Passing of President Farish

Roger Williams University Board of Trustees and executive administration share their reflections on President Farish's legacy and many accomplishments during his tenure.

Read the University's Announcement on President Farish's Passing

Members of the media may contact Edward Fitzpatrick, Director of Media and Public Relations, at (401) 254-3198 and

As more information becomes available, this page will be updated.