Boulder, CO June 2020
It is with a heavy heart that we share the news of WCSI’s Founding President and Official Photographer, Ronald Lesinski who has passed away peacefully at his home in Bahia de Kino, Sonora Mexico.
Ron was known and loved by all in the Caritas Community – always the man in the room with a camera and a grin – his wry sense of humour enabling the smiles to flow freely. Ron was forever on hand supporting Jean as they travelled the world documenting the enormous impact Jean and Caring Science and Human Caring Theory had on Nurses and care givers – their ultimate goal: to help make the world a better place.
The son of the late US Michigan Congressman John Lesinski Jr, Ron grew up in Dearborn, Michigan where he learned to love Motown and music. This helped him through his time in Viet Nam where he was drafted as a young naive serviceman. It was here that he learned survival on a humanistic level. He later gave up his long-standing career as a ‘journeyman pressman’ with The Arizona Republic newspaper to become a care giver to his ailing parents.
In 2007, The Watson Caring Science Institute was conceived on the back of an envelope with Jean over a margarita in Bahia de Kino. The combination of Jean’s knowledge, theory and passion mixed with Ron’s business acumen and care giving experience led to the creation of the non-profit home of Caring Science – Watson Caring Science Institute.
Ron was dedicated to Jean and the work – particularly the sponsorship of the Nurses in The Middle East Annual Conference – bringing Israeli and Palestinian Nurses together in a shared value platform of which he was a generous and regular sponsor. He was also an active and photographic presence with the Caritas Coach Education Program® graduation ceremonies.
Ron always said “I don’t want to do anything unless I can have fun.” So fun and uniqueness he brought to the Caritas tribe around the world. Ron was not without his quirks. Jean and Ron had an extraordinary and unusual partnership; the divine masculine and feminine, the yin and the yang ever balancing in the field. Theirs was truly a heart soul partnership – one which will live on as the veil grows ever thinner between the energetic field of life and death.
WCSI Board member Jim D’Alfonso said “Blessings and gratitude to Ron Lesinski for his role in helping launch WCSI and his years of dedication to Jean’s work. We mourn his passing and are grateful for his light along the way.”
God Speed Ron. Have a Jack Daniel’s on us!
In lieu of flowers, Caritas Contributions can be made to WCSI in Ron’s name to continue Jean’s Caring Science work in the world.
Zoom Vigil — Caring Science Colleagues Marcy Newman, Cindy Schihl and Lauren Khalifeh are organizing a zoom vigil for June 14, 2020 1:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 838 9779 5952
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kelPGle9fm
Cards for Jean can be sent to:
Watson Caring Science Institute
4450 Arapahoe Avenue, Ste 100
Boulder, CO 80304
Photo credit: Joseph Giovannoni