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Bob Farber '35 Honored by Putnam County Community Foundation

October 8, 2010

4848October 8, 2010, Greencastle, Ind. — Robert H. Farber, vice president emeritus and professor emeritus of education at DePauw as well as a 1935 graduate of the University, is the first individual inducted into the Putnam County Community Foundation's Corinthian Society. The designation was "created to recognize Community Foundation donors who make consecutive annual gifts to the Community Foundation of any amount for at least 25 years," according to the Banner-Graphic. "He and his wife Vera May Kierstead Farber ['36] established the Robert H. Farber Endowment for Education at the Community Foundation to provide grants for educational projects that help the county's students learn and grow." (at left: Dean Farber from the 1960 Mirage)

Dr. Farber also served as the Community Foundation's 54001second president.

"Bob Farber is a pillar of the community and an inspiration to anyone who meets him," declares Elaine Peck, executive director of the Community Foundation.

The newspaper says the Dean Farber was not told of the award before it was presented to him and that he said he was "speechless and honored to be recognized." (at right: Jane Pauley visits with Bob and Vera May Farber before her Ubben Lecture at DePauw; April 17, 2009)

The text notes, "The Putnam County Community Foundation is a nonprofit public charity established in 1985 to serve donors, award grants and provide leadership, enriching the quality of life and strengthening community in Putnam County. The Community Foundation administers more than 210 funds and endowments for donors supporting a variety of charities."4868

Read more at the newspaper's website.

Now 96 years old, Bob Farber served as a DePauw administrator for 42 years, working with five presidents, before retiring as vice president and dean of the University in 1979. In 1962, following President Russell Humbert's death, Farber served as chief executive officer and was acting president in 1976-77 prior to President Richard Rosser's appointment.

A November 1953 episode of TV's 20 Questions had a DePauw theme, and included a segment where Dr. Farber presented an honorary degree.  Learn more and access video clips in this story.

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