Records indicate that retired faculty were gathering for an annual Christmas party as early as 1999. Also retired faculty gathered for lunches each Friday. Serious discussions about formalizing The University of Lethbridge Retired Faculty Association (ULRFA) began in the spring of 2002 led by Dr. Paul Lewis, a long-time faculty member and Professor of Biology (Parasitology) from 1967 - 1996. Bob Anderson, Laurence Hoye, Marty Oordt, Doug Petherbridge, and Ed Webking were also involved in the steering committee.
A founding meeting for ULRFA was held on 3 December 2002 in AH100 with Paul as the first President. Ed Webking was President 2003-2008; Marty Oordt was president 2008-2011.
ULRFA was incorporated as an Alberta Society in 2004.