Neil Farmer B.S. ’51
April 12, 2010
Neil Farmer’s memories of his years at Lewis & Clark remain as vivid today as when he graduated in 1951. Memories of College President Morgan Odell, his coat pockets chock full of plans sketching his dreams for the college, taking evening strolls with his wife. Memories of Benjamin Thaxter, Shakespearean scholar and biology professor, and of George “Olie” Ennis, a dean of men perfectly equipped to manage wily service veterans like Neil studying on the GI Bill. And memories of the Three Star, a tavern Neil and his buddies visited every chance they got.
Not least, memories of being smitten as a sophomore by the first year student who played Rosalind in As You Like It. He courted her through college and they married after she graduated in 1952. Neil and Dorothy raised five children and moved coast-to-coast and back during his executive career with the Boy Scouts of America. Great friends of the College as Heritage Society members, they are ensuring through a bequest that scholarship funds will benefit Lewis & Clark students in perpetuity—which is, Neil remembers Benjamin Thaxter saying, “a very, very long time.”