A memorial service is scheduled at the University of Southern California Saturday, February 6th for Dr. Herbert Farmer, a 61-year Westchester resident and professor emeritus at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, who died in November at the age of 89.
Farmer spent 71 years of his life at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees, worked as a professor and associate dean of cinema from 1946 to 1991, and served as a film archivist from 1991 to 2009.
After making a cross-country trip from Buffalo, New York, Farmer began classes at USC in 1938. During his time as a student, he produced the Trojan newsreel, shot football coaching films and surgical motion pictures for the university, and played sousaphone in the marching band.
A few months shy of his graduation in 1942, Farmer took over teaching a motion picture history class from a professor who had been called to active duty in World War II. Farmer taught full-time during the 1942-1943 school year before serving in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1946.
He returned to USC in summer of 1946 and began teaching classes in basic film technology and distribution and was involved with the university ever since. He earned his master’s degree in cinema from USC in 1954.
At the time of his death, Farmer was still dedicated to overseeing his extensive archive of historical films and equipment ranging from zoetropes to the soundboard from—The Jazz Singer, which he had gifted to the university, according to the school.
Farmer is survived by his son Jim Farmer, his former daughter-in-law, Michele Himmelberg Farmer, and granddaughters Casey and Lindsey. His wife of 62 years, Beatrice Feickert Farmer, passed away in January 2009.
The memorial service is scheduled at 2 p.m. February 6th
at the Norris Theater on the USC campus. Reception immediately follows.
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