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Janet Elizabeth Rothrock Farr

Janet Elizabeth Rothrock Farr

Janet Farr was 89 years old when she passed away at home on February 22, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. She was born on July 18, 1923 in Detroit, Michigan to George and Arlene Rothrock. The older of two sisters, she married the knobby-kneed boy next door, who later became Dr. Richard Farr, a noted immunologist and allergist. They were soul-mates, playmates, and best friends until his passing in 1997. She missed him deeply, although the silver lining of her widowhood might have been an appreciation of how much she was loved in her own right.

She was an active partner in her husband's career in medical practice and research, contributing significantly to his accomplishments. In pursuit of research and clinical excellence, they were academic vagabonds, living in Bethesda, Chicago, Pasadena, Pittsburgh, Denver, and La Jolla. Janet loved Southern California, but was finally lured to Seattle to be closer to family.

Janet loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren intensely and took an active interest in our development. Never one to lecture, she brought out the best in us by encouragement and quiet example and urged us to reach our full measure. Janet had a knack of connecting with people at a personal level, and made new friends wherever she went. Her playful and subtle sense of humor sometimes took new acquaintances by surprise-and they often parted as fast friends. Politically, she supported feminist and progressive causes and firmly believed that it takes a village to raise a child. She was particularly proud to be able to caucus for the first Afro-American presidential candidate.

Janet was an accomplished artist with formal training from the Art Institute of Chicago. She left a legacy of artistic expression for her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She was an avid reader of eclectic taste; one of her favorite haunts was Third Place Books. Nabokov was a favorite, especially when accompanied by chocolate ice cream.

Family mourning their loss include, Georgia Sims, her sister and her nephew Joseph Sims, sons Peter (Maureen) and Andrew (Claire), Pam Rogerson, her caregiver, confidante, and travel buddy, four grandchildren: Sarah Farr, David Farr, Kristin Farr Costello (Sean) & Rebecca Farr (Lisa), great granddaughters, Sadie Rose and Lillian Mae Costello, and Lotte, a Scottish Fold cat of great distinction.

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Published in The Seattle Times from Mar. 15 to Mar. 17, 2013
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