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Author Vera May Kierstead-Farber '36 Visits Elementary School

May 24, 2009

Vera Kierstead Farber May 2009.jpgMay 24, 2009, Greencastle, Ind. — Vera May (Knauer) Kierstead-Farber, a 1936 graduate of DePauw University, made a surprise visit Friday to Roachdale Elementary School, where students have been reading her book, Jamie's Journey: An Early American Adventure. "Jamie is 10 years old, the same age of many of you," she told the youngsters. "His mother passed away and his father was on the Lewis and Clark expedition in the west. People in his town went to Thomas Jefferson who lived nearby to ask for help finding his father." (photo: North Putnam Community School Superintendent Murray Pride and Kierstead-Farber with the students)

The story in Greencastle's Banner-Graphic notes Kierstead-Farber's DePauw degree and that she earned a master's degree from Villanova University. "She also earned certifications from the Famous Artist School and the Institute of Children's Literature," writes Maribeth Ward. "She retired from her career as a music teacher in the Radnor, Pennsylvania Schools and now resides back in Putnam County where she continues to enjoy music, oil painting, gardening, and working as a volunteer with her local Methodist Church. She is also active with the Council on Aging, R.S.V.P., and AARP. She is married to Dr. Robert Farber ['35], vice president emeritus of DePauw University." (at right: the Farbers in 2004)

Access the article at the newspaper's Web site.

Learn more about Vera May Kierstead-Farber -- who has also authored America Is My Country and Jamie Comes of Age --  in this previous story.

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