Robert Lawrence Farwell

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Robert Lawrence Farwell July 10, 1921 - March 18, 2012 Age 90, died peacefully at home in Santa Fe. Born and raised in the Chicago area, he attended Amherst College, graduating in 1943. After serving in the U.S. Army he returned to the University of Chicago Law School to receive his JD. There he met and married his life-long partner, Carol Yeomans. It was she who introduced him to Door County, WI, and they spent much of every summer at her family's home in Ephraim. Bob's career was varied, but always with the common thread of civic and governmental reform, especially in the field of mental health. He drafted legislation on Public Health for the Illinois Department of Public Welfare, was a staff member on the Campaign Committee for Gov. Adlai E. Stevenson for President, served as Executive Director of Citizens for a Greater Chicago, volunteered as President of the Mental Health Society of Chicago, and was appointed Associate Dean for Planning and Professorial Lecturer in Government and Business at the University of Chicago. His experience in business law and health reform finally converged in his position as Executive Director of Recovery Inc., a self-help mental health organization. After retiring in 1987, he and Carol split their time between Door County and Santa Fe. For the last 8 years he was volunteer librarian at the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art in Santa Fe. Bob lost his beloved wife, Carol, last July after 63 years of marriage. He is survived by their children Robin (Jim) Gavin of Santa Fe, Leslie (Paul) Leline of Baileys Harbor, WI, Charlie (Julie) Farwell of Denver, CO, and Barnaby (Vicky) Dinges of Evanston, IL, grandchildren Molly, Emma, Caitlin, Erin, Alex, Ryan, Cooper, and Hayden, and great-grandson August. A devoted husband and father, a dedicated democrat, a practitioner of tai chi and a Shakespeare devotee, he was always ready to take on new challenges. To his many friends and family of all ages, he was a constant source of keen listening, wise counsel, probing questions and lively discussion. He will be dearly missed by many. A private memorial celebration will be held this summer. If you would like to make a donation in his memory, may we suggest the Spanish Colonial Arts Society, Inc., of Santa Fe, or HELP of Door County.