USD to celebrate 95th birthday of teaching legend

USD to celebrate 95th birthday of teaching legend President James W. and Colette Abbott, the Department of Political Science, the Farber Fund and the USD Foundation will host "Doc Farber's 95th Birthday" on Saturday, July 9, beginning at 5 p.m. with a reception and followed by a dinner at 6 p.m.

The event will be held at the Sheraton Hotel and Sioux Falls Convention Center.���

The featured speaker for the evening will be Tom Brokaw, a former student of Farber's as well as retired NBC News anchor and a 1964 USD graduate. The master of ceremonies for the event will be Pat O'Brien, a former student of Farber's as well as current host for The Insider and a 1970 graduate of USD.��

"Doc Farber spent over 40 years teaching at USD, but his contributions to generations of young South Dakotans didn't end with his 'official' retirement in 1976," said William Richardson, chairman of the Department of Political Science and director of the W.O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership. "He has continued to mentor students and, through the Farber Fund, to help them acquire real world experiences at home and abroad that significantly augment what they learn in the classroom."

Farber was born on July 4, 1910 in Geneseo, IL. He received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, and received his Ph.D. from The University of Wisconsin. Farber came to USD in 1935. He retired in 1976, having served as chairman of the Department of Government since 1938.

Farber served on many committees during his time here at university and also taught many famous students, including USA TODAY founder Al Neuharth, former State Rep. Dick Brown, current U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson and former U.S. Sen. Larry Pressler, among others.��

Tickets for the event are $150 each with $100 being a tax-deductible contribution to the Farber Fund.�

"The occasion of his 95th birthday is our chance to celebrate this remarkable man and his life," Richardson said.�

If you have questions about the event or would like to make reservations, contact Cheryl Hovorka at (605) 677-5702 or via email at

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