Richard T. Farrell, UM professor dies

April 12, 1991

A memorial service for Richard T. Farrell, a history professor at the University of Maryland for more than two decades and a longtime member of the University Park Town Council, will be held April 22 at 3 p.m. in the chapel on the College Park campus.

Mr. Farrell, who was 58, died of a viral infection March 25 at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

An expert on the history of the Old Northwest and the teaching of history and social studies, Mr. Farrell taught until he became ill. He also served as the associate chairman of the university's history department, a position he had held since 1971.

He joined the University of Maryland faculty in 1965 and five years later was promoted to associate professor of history and curriculum instruction.

During his tenure at Maryland, Mr. Farrell was active in campus affairs. He chaired the College Park Senate from 1988 to 1989 and headed numerous other university organizations.

"He was doing everything, and you don't realize it. Now you don't know how you're going to get all that done," said Marvin A. Breslow, associate professor in history.

Mr. Farrell also served as an adviser on social studies curriculums for the U.S. Department of Education, the National Council of Social Studies, the Maryland Department of Education, and the Educational Testing Service. He sat on the board of directors for National History Day, which brings high school students together to compete in history projects.

Born in Michigantown, Ind., Mr. Farrell received his bachelor of arts degree from Wabash College in 1954 and his masters and doctoral degrees from Indiana University in 1958 and 1967, respectively.

After serving in the Army from 1954 to 1956, Mr. Farrell taught history for five years in the public schools of Kokomo, Ind.

For the past 12 years, Mr. Farrell served on the Town Council for University Park, where he lived. He was a gardener, basketball fan and an opera buff and traveled extensively in the United States and Europe.

Mr. Farrell is survived by his wife, the former Jean Koeneman of University Park; and two sisters, Susan Supple and Patricia Wilson, both of Indianapolis.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Center for the Study of History, Department of History, University of Maryland, College Park 20742.

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