HARRY FARAH

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Harry Maurice Farah (August 12, 1932 - April 1, 2014) Harry M. Farah lost his long battle with cancer early Tuesday morning. Harry was born in Beaumont, Texas. He was the sixth of six children born to Amelia and John Farah, Jr. Harry studied at the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas (since renamed Texas A&M University) and graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture in 1956. As a proud Aggie, in his office he had a framed photograph of himself in uniform leading a marching unit during a 1954 Corps of Cadets parade in Dallas, he always wore his Aggie ring, and he was a generous donor to the Texas A&M Alumni Association. After his graduation Harry served in the U.S. Army. Ironically, his first posting was at his alma mater where he was assigned as a design instructor at the same architectural program from which he had just graduated. His second assignment brought him to Fort Bliss, where he worked as the Post Architect. He was honorably discharged from the military in 1959 with a rank of 1st Lieutenant. Harry chose to settle in El Paso, which remained his home for the duration of his life. He continued serving in the Army National Guard rising to the rank of Captain when he was honorably discharged in 1965. Harry received his Architectural license in 1962 and was admitted to membership in the American Institute of Architects two-years later. He was subsequently licensed as an Interior Designer and admitted to membership by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. Harry maintained an active architectural practice until two-years ago. He operated as a sole practitioner in a design/build capacity and he was attentive to every aspect of his projects including custom-built concrete block, elaborate patterns of natural stone, and custom-designed wrought-iron, molding, lighting fixtures, and even furniture. Among his projects were: an addition to the former La Caverna hotel in Carlsbad, New Mexico; assisting William Kolliker and Vladimir Alvarado in the casting of the two large eagle sculptures that adorn the top of Amistad Dam; the interior design of the former Arthur's restaurant in Cd. Juarez; and a private residence in Ruidoso, New Mexico. But, the overwhelming majority of his projects were in his adopted home of El Paso, Texas and included: a mid-rise medical office building off Cliff Drive (today the Providence Cliff Medical Building); the former Border Tobacco building on Paisano Drive (today Las Alas); the former Beefeaters and Taffy Jones restaurants; an industrial building; the Diplomat apartments in Sunset Heights; a townhome development in Mesa Hills; renovation of an former TB sanatorium into a luxury condominium complex within which he had his home and office; and numerous high-end single-family residences, many of which dot the Coronado County Club area. Harry never lost his faith in El Paso. Among his unexecuted designs were a conceptual high-rise office tower adjacent to the former Border Tobacco building, a high-rise condominium tower at the periphery of Sunset Heights, a mid-rise savings and loan building proposed for the intersection of Hawkins Boulevard and Interstate Highway 10, conceptual plans for the renovation of buildings in the vicinity of the Plaza Theater, and plans for St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church for a site formerly owned by the church off Stanton Street. Harry was well-respected and generous to a fault. In business, his baritone voice exuded confidence, he had a no-nonsense attitude and he could communicate displeasure simply with a withering gaze. In his personal life, he had an irrepressible laugh and was prone to sarcasm - but always in a playful manner and never mean-spirited. He entertained lavishly and, in any gathering, Harry's outgoing personality dominated. He was a unique and special person and well-loved by all who knew him. Harry was preceded in death by his brothers Constantine, Emile and Ledor, and his sister Yvonne Farah, and is survived by his sister Gloria Armistead of El Paso, Texas, his nephew Shaheen Farah and wife Kerri of Beaumont, Texas, his niece Amelia Lyons and husband Gene of Odessa, Texas, and two grandnieces, two grandnephews and two great grandnieces. A Trisagion Service will he held on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 7:00 PM at Martin Funeral Home West located at 128 N. Resler Dr., El Paso, Texas 79912. Harry's Funeral Service will be held on Friday, April 4, 2014 at 10:00 AM at Saint George Antiochian Othodox Church located at 120 North Festival Drive with the Reverend Father George M. Al-Dehneh officiating. Interment will follow at Evergreen Alameda Cemetery where Harry will be laid to rest in the Farah Family Plot. Services entrusted to Martin Funeral Home West, 128 North Resler Dr., El Paso, Texas 79912. www.MartinFuneralHomeWest.com
Published in El Paso Times from Apr. 3 to Apr. 10, 2014
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