High-Tech Industry Leader Ronald Goforth Dies at 74

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Ron Goforth, a pioneer in developing high-tech companies in Northwest Arkansas, died April 13 at 74.

The Fayetteville resident and his son Calvin co-founded the Virtual Incubation Co., a technology venture development firm that has spawned such successful high-tech companies as NanoMech, BlueInGreen and SFC Fluidics.

Goforth founded Beta-Rubicon Inc., a consulting firm specializing in technology assessment and business due diligence services; and was co-founder with Judd Hollas of EquityNet LLC, a web-based platform to develop and capitalize young, privately held businesses.

A tenured professor of computer systems engineering at the UA, Goforth was a founding director of the UA Center for Artificial Intelligence and Expert Systems and the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Laboratory.