H. Ronald Masnik
Apr 25, 1935 – Dec 27, 2017
H. Ronald Masnik
H. Ronald Masnik, devoted husband, loving father, and longtime Honorary Counsel for Belgium, died Wednesday Dec. 27, 2017 after a short illness.
Born in Forrest Hills, New York in 1935, Ron went on to graduate from the College of William and Mary with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics. He joined the Navy in 1957 and served proudly on the USS Gearing.
Ron worked for several banks during a long and distinguished career in international banking. His work took him to Europe for over 15 years including stops in Great Britain, Luxembourg and Belgium. He eventually relocated to Seattle in 1978 to continue his career in international banking management.
In 1981, his community service and commitment to international affairs were recognized by King Baudouin of Belgium, who appointed him Honorary Consul for the State of Washington. He worked tirelessly on behalf of Belgium’s interest in the State.
In 1996, King Albert II of Belgium decorated Ron as a Knight in the Order of the Crown. In 2006, the King further decorated him as a Knight in the Order of Leopold, Belgium’s oldest decoration, and was honored with a civil service award for his 25-year service to the Crown. When he retired in 2016, he was decorated as Officer in the Order of the Crown. He was president of the Consular Association of Washington State for seven years.
Ron was a Senior Fellow at the Center for International Banking Studies of the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business Administration. He was an active board member at the World Affairs Council where he served as Treasurer, and on the board at the European Union Center at the University of Washington.
Ron is survived by his wife Carol, his four children, Melissa, Alexis, Marc, and Julia and seven grandchildren. Ron loved Chelsea football, classic cars, travel, and airplanes. Most of all, he was proud of his family and their accomplishments, and would regale one and all about their adventures and the joy they brought to him. His family and friends always enjoyed his dry sense of humor that was with him to the end.
A memorial celebration for Ron will be held on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018 from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. at the World Trade Center’s Holland America room (2200 Alaskan Way, Seattle). In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the World Affairs Council Global Classroom Programs or a charity of your choice.
Attached is a link to the World Affairs Council honoring Ron, https://www.world-affairs.org/hronaldmasnik/
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