Leonard Faber, 75, federal historian and editor

February 08, 2006

Leonard Faber, a retired federal historian and editor, died of pancreatic cancer Saturday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The Towson resident was 75.

Born and raised in New England, he earned a degree in history at Boston University and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

He served in the Navy during the Korean War, then earned a master's degree from Boston University. Years later, Mr. Faber earned a degree from George Washington University School of Law but did not go into practice, family members said.

He was assistant editor of The Adams Papers, a four-volume chronicle of early America published by Harvard University Press, before being named a historian with the National Archives in 1962 and moving to Bowie.

He later became assistant exhibits officer at the Library of Congress, overseeing historical displays. He then worked at the National Museum of American History, and retired there in 1985.

He moved to Towson in 1990 and became a volunteer usher at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.

In retirement, Mr. Faber also spent time with his grandchildren and traveled extensively. He took a 10-day bicycle trip through the French countryside and visited the Galapagos Islands and Antarctica, his family said.

A memorial gathering will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Hunt Valley Country Club, 14101 Phoenix Road.

Survivors include his two sons, Joe Faber of Lafayette, Calif., and Barry Faber of Phoenix in Baltimore County; his sister, Eleanor Parker of Margate, Fla.; and five grandchildren. His 1958 marriage to Roberta Lyons ended in divorce.

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