Dr. Robert Farber, 99, of Greencastle, Ind., died Wednesday, June 19, 2013. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 28, 2013, at the Gobin Memorial United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until time of service. Bittles and Hurt Funeral Home have been entrusted with the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Farber Education Fund, DePauw University, c/o the Putnam County Foundation, 2 N. Jackson St. or Gobin Memorial United Methodist Church, 307 Simpson St., Greencastle, Ind. 46134.
He was born on Jan. 12, 1914, in Geneseo, the son of Charles Wm. and Hulda (Ogden) Farber. He was vice president and academic dean emeritus, DePauw University. He was a Rector Scholar and a 1935 graduate with distinction from DePauw University, University of Chicago, MA 1940, and Indiana University, D.Ed. 1950. At DePauw, he was vice president and academic dean for 26 years and acting president from 1976-77.
He received the following honors: Old Gold Goblet, Honorary Degree of Humane Letters, Leather Medal, Rector Scholar Achievement Award, president North Central Association of Academic Deans and Who’s Who in America. His community service included: Honorary 33 degree Scottish Rite Mason; AARP: past president of the local chapter, past state legislative chairman, assistant state director, local coordinator of housing program, past president; Putnam County Foundation: past president; and more than 50-years member of the Greencastle Kiwanis; past president Health Careers Committee; member of the Putnam County Council on Aging; Gobin Memorial United Methodist Church; American Heart Association; Putnam County Mental Health Association; V.F.W.; and other organizations.
He married Vera (Kierstead) Farber and Edna E. (Klutts) Farber; and along with his parents and brothers, Herbert, Richard and William Farber, they have preceded him in death.
Survivors include two children, Charlie Farber and his wife, Jayne of Columbus, Ind. and Jean Farber Braun and husband, Ronald of Winston Salem, N.C.; and grandchildren, Ann and Rob.