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MOUNT DORA, Fla., -- Dr. Jack Edwin Farnham, 75, of Mount Dora passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007. Dr. Farnham was born on Sept. 26, 1931 to the late Irma (Kinney) Farnham and Edwin Farnham in Rutland, Vt.

Dr. Farnham spent his youth in Bennington, Vt., and graduated from Bennington High School in 1949.

He received a BA degree from the University of Vermont in 1953 and a MD degree in 1957, also from the University of Vermont.

As part of his medical training, Dr. Farnham served his internship and residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Mich. His internal medicine fellowships were completed at Lahey Clinic in Boston, Mass., and at the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vt.

Dr. Farnham proudly served his country as a United States Air Force Medical Corp. Captain from 1957 to 1962. He was the Chief of Medicine 3565 at USAF Hospital from 1960 to1963.

Dr. Farnham practiced internal medicine at Chelmsford Medical Associates from 1963 to 1969. He founded Allergy Immunology Associates in 1969 in Chelmsford, Mass., which developed into a four physician practice with additional offices in Nashua, N.H., and Andover, Mass. He did extensive research in airborne pollen and mold in New England and was the author of many articles in national medical journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine.

In 1990, Dr. Farnham retired from practice to attend the Harvard School of Public Health, specializing in occupational medicine. In 1992, he earned a masters of public health degree from Harvard University where he was named class orator.

In 1994, he accepted a position at the University of Texas Health Center in Tyler, Texas, where he cared for patients and taught medical students and residents. Dr. Farnham retired from the university in 2000 as Professor of Occupational Medicine and Allergy. After retirement, he served as medical consultant in environmental cases for engineering, legal and transportation firms.

Dr. Farnham was board certified in allergy-immunology and occupational medicine. His fellowships include The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology; The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology; and The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Dr. Farnham was president of the Massachusetts Allergy Society, vice president of the New England Allergy Society, an active member of the Texas Society of Allergy, and the Florida Society of Allergy.

At the time of his retirement, Dr. Farnham had active medical licensures in Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Texas. He and his wife Anne had a winter home in Mount Dora and a summer home on the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee near Laconia, N.H.

For several years, Dr. Farnham was a deacon at Central Baptist Church in Chelmsford, Mass. He was co-chair of the Evangelism Committee at Marvin Methodist Church in Tyler, Texas. Most recently, he was an active member of First Presbyterian Church in Mount Dora.

Dr. Farnham was a member of Kiwanis, the Lawn Bowling Club of Mount Dora, and the Mount Dora Yacht Club.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Anne (Lyman) Farnham; two daughters, Jean F. Cleary and Carol F. Ferraris (Aaron); a son, James Farnham (Amy); and five grandchildren, Caitlin, Shannon, Michael, John, and Maxfield.

He is loved and will be greatly missed by his family and a host of friends.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 6, at 3 p.m., at the First Presbyterian Church of Mount Dora with Dr. Thomas J. Biery officiating.

Services will also be held on Saturday, Jan. 13, at 2 p.m. at Central Baptist Church in Chelmsford, Mass.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Lung Association, 5526 Arlington Road, Jacksonville, FL 32211-5216 or the American Heart Association, 9900 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg, FL 33716-3801, Phone: (727) 570-8809.

Arrangements are by Allen J. Harden Funeral Home 1800 N. Donnelly Street, Mount Dora, FL 32757. Phone: 352-383-8178, www.allenjharden.com
Published in Bennington Banner on Jan. 9, 2007
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