(July 22, 2019)
It is with a heavy heart that the College of Pharmacy shares the passing of Armand Martin “Marty” Ronstadt, one of the last surviving members of its first graduating class (1950).
Marty was a descendant of the pioneer Ronstadt family who immigrated from Mexico to Tucson in 1884. Growing up, he attended Immaculate Heart Academy, Safford Elementary and Junior High, and Tucson High School. He served in Army Air Corp from 1944-45 and completed a tour of duty in the Korean War.
Following the war, Marty enrolled at the University of Arizona’s newly-established College of Pharmacy, in 1947. He had worked in family drugstores since age 13, and after graduating with his BS in Pharmacy in 1950, he enjoyed a successful, 40-year career as a pharmacist and store manager. He received the College's Preceptor of the Year award in 1986.
Marty was a familiar face at Homecoming events, attending them nearly every year. He would jokingly refer to the class of 1950 as the College of Pharmacy’s “guinea pig class.” He stayed in touch with his classmates long after graduation, occasionally sending out a newsletter with updates from each other’s lives.
Marty leaves behind a legacy at the College of Pharmacy. He will be missed.
Pictured above: The Class of 1950. (Marty is in the first row, second from the right.)
Visitation and Viewing
Visitation and viewing will be held Friday, July 26, 2019 starting at 4:30 pm with Rosary and Knights Chalice Ceremony to follow at 5:30 pm. Funeral mass will be Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 10:00 am. All services will be at St Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 5150 N. Valley View Road, Tucson, AZ. A private family burial will be held at a later date at Holy Hope Cemetery. Read his obituary here.