Farquhar, M.D., Hal A. H.
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Hal A.H. Farquhar, MD passed away peacefully and gracefully at sunset on Sunday, April 20, 2014. He was home, surrounded by his family, while his favorite music softly serenaded the room.
Hal was born in Montreal in 1938. As a small child, he moved with his parents, Allan and Helen Farquhar, to Gross Pointe, Michigan. He was a popular, charismatic young man who thrived in his studies, graduating at the top of his Gross Pointe High School class. Hal went onto University of Michigan, Ann Arbor where he earned his undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree, before attending the University of Michigan Medical School as an exceptional candidate in the accelerated program. Upon graduating medical school, Hal moved to New York City where he did a 1-year surgical internship at St. Vincent's Hospital and fell in love with the city.
In 1965, he joined the US Armed Forces, serving as a Captain and Chief Surgeon in the US Air Force, stationed in Izmir, Turkey. Upon discharge, he returned to his cherished New York, where he completed a 4-year residency program at Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital. Hal quickly became a renowned ophthalmologist. He was one of the first surgeons to perform intraocular lens implantation for cataract surgery and pioneered microscopic-assisted phacoemulsification. He was appointed an official investigator for the FDA, and played a significant role in the approval of groundbreaking, corrective cataract surgery.
Hal later settled with his growing family in Mahopac, New York, where he founded his own practice, which would flourish into one of the largest and most well-respected ophthalmology practices in the tri-state area—Northeast Eye Care. It was then he would also join the surgical staff of Putnam Hospital Center where his career would further expand. Hal performed the very first intraocular lens implant surgery at Putnam Hospital Center in 1983. In 2008, he was proud to retire his practice to his eldest son, Allan Farquhar, MD.
Hal was beloved by his wonderful, gifted, loyal staff, his patients, and his community. He had an incomparable and supreme gift for, not only healing, but truly connecting with people.
In addition to being an exceptional surgeon and doctor, Hal was an amazing father, husband, friend, painter, photographer, musician, and gifted writer. He was a deeply spiritual and loving man and a true gift to all those who were lucky enough to cross his path.
Hal is survived by his wife, Keiren. He is also survived by his son, Allan and his daughter-in-law, Cara; his son Michael and his daughter-in-law, Heidi; his daughter, Alyssa; his daughter-in-law, Katy Lynne; his grandchildren, Elizabeth, Emily, Tessa, Veronica, and Benjamin; and his grand-dog, Sonny. He is also survived by a large and loving extended family, including Kathy (his trusted colleague for over 35 years) and John Curry, Roger Merritt, Joseph McConnell, William and Stacy Clarke, Diane and Mike Whelan, Doug Clarke, Ron and Barbara Greene and many nephews and nieces. Hal is predeceased by his parents and his son, Benjamin Eric (1969-2006).
The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 pm on Thursday, April 24 at Joseph J. Smith Funeral Home in Mahopac, New York. A memorial celebration in Hal's honor will be held at a later date, to be determined by the family.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Putnam Hospital Foundation, Hal Farquhar, M.D. Continuing Education Fund, Attn: Jeffrey Kellogg, 670 Stoneleigh Ave. Carmel, NY 10512.
Joseph J. Smith Funeral Home
692 US Route 6
Joseph J. Smith Funeral Home
692 Us Route 6
Mahopac, NY 10541
Published in the lohud.com on Apr. 23, 2014