Former GARC faculty Advisor Dr. Erich Farber has passed away.  In 2013 we donated a satellite ground station in his name, located at the Erich Farber Solar Park off of Archer Road.

Obit follows,


Dr. Erich Farber passed away February 9, 2017 in Gainesville Florida. He was a remarkable man - scholar, scientist, champion snow skier, decorated war hero, accomplished musician, mountain climbing instructor, teacher of thousands, world traveler, creator of scholarships, Boy Scout leader, husband, father, and unhesitating and cheerful helper to all - neighbors, colleagues, and strangers.

Born in Austria to Ignatz and Hildegard Farber, his talent and rigorous education in early life inspired accomplishments throughout. He escaped Hitler's advances in the late 1930's to arrive In America without speaking English.

He took any job and spent hours in movie theaters to learn the language of his new country. While supporting his parents, he worked his way through school, achieving excellence. His thirst for knowledge led him to obtain a PhD only because he wanted to take the classes 'to learn something' rather than achieve the scholastic status.

He was interrupted by WWII when he returned to Europe to lead a reconnaissance tank group with Patton's Army. He distinguished himself by leading a volunteer rescue of wounded soldiers on Friday the 13th, 1945. For this valor,

he was awarded the Silver Star. He referred to this event as 'just doing the job'.

Dr. Farber achieved international acclaim for his work in the solar energy field as Director of the Solar Energy Laboratory at UF. Among his honors was being a Charter Member of the Solar Hall of Fame.

Many students from around the world would come to the 'Training in Alternative Energy Technologies' seminars. He also participated in NASA’s 'Man on the Moon' project as well as the Space Shuttle program. He assisted heart surgeons at UF by developing noninvasive temperature sensors for open heart operations. His contributions to reference books such as Mark's Engineering Handbook helped educate about Stirling Engines and solar energy. Countless other reports and publications bear his name, the use of which spread around the world. After retirement, Dr.

Farber found interest in electronics and other items in need of repair. After learning their design and restoring them, he amassed a rather large collection.

Dr. Farber is survived by his wife of 67 years, Ellen; sons Hans (Carol) and Webb (Kathy); grandchildren

Erich II and Louisa (Adam) Belay; and great-grandson Landon Belay.

If desired, memorial donations may be made to a scholarship or charity of choice as Dr. Farber placed a very high value on education, combined with a passion for helping others. Arrangement for memorial services will be made at a later date.

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