Brent Harrison Farber Jr., 85, owner of Elite Laundry

April 24, 2002

Brent Harrison Farber Jr., former owner of Elite Laundry and Dry Cleaning Co. in Baltimore, died of cancer Saturday at the Beaumont of Bryn Mawr life-care community in Bryn Mawr, Pa. He was 85.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Roland Park, Mr. Farber was a 1936 graduate of Mercersburg Academy in Pennsylvania, where he was a champion swimmer. At Washington & Lee College in Lexington, Va., he was captain of the swim team and a member of the 1938 and 1940 lacrosse teams that won Southern Conference championships.

After graduating in 1940, he joined Elite Laundry, a business that had been established by his grandfather and had operations in Baltimore, Washington and Philadelphia.

Mr. Farber joined the Navy in 1943, serving as a gunnery officer in the Atlantic. He attained the rank of lieutenant.

After World War II, he sold the laundries, moved to Radnor, Pa., and became a partner in Multiservice Management Co. of Philadelphia. He retired in 1990.

Mr. Farber was a former member of the L'Hirondelle, Maryland and Elkridge clubs, and the Bachelors Cotillon. In Philadelphia, he was a member of the Merion Cricket Club.

He was married in 1941 to the former Bettie Rose Field, then a well-known Baltimore ballroom dancing instructor, who survives him.

Mr. Farber was a communicant of St. Martin's Episcopal Church, where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow.

In addition to his wife, survivors include four daughters, Brenda Harmeling of Jacksonville, Fla., Fritzi Kallop of New York City, Scarlett Ober of Hopewell, N.J., and Betsy Farber of Northampton, Mass.; and seven grandchildren.

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