GREENCASTLE -- The Putnam County Community Foundation honored Robert Farber for 25 consecutive years of giving to the foundation over the 25-year history of the organization at its silver anniversary celebration on Oct. 2.
Farber is the first inductee into the Corinthian Society --created to recognize Community Foundation donors who make consecutive annual gifts to the Community Foundation of any amount for at least 25 years.
Elaine Peck, executive director of the Community Foundation, conferred the award and noted that "Bob Farber is a pillar of the community and an inspiration to anyone who meets him."
Farber said at the surprise announcement that he was "speechless and honored to be recognized."
He and his wife Vera May Kierstead Farber established the Robert H. Farber Endowment for Education at the Community Foundation to provide grants for educational projects that help the county's students learn and grow.
He was the second president of the Community Foundation.
He and Vera May have been important members of the Community Foundation family since the earliest years.
Farber worked for 42 years at DePauw University and retired in 1979 as vice president and academic dean. He received his B.A. degree from DePauw University, his M.A. degree from the University of Chicago and his Ed.D. degree from Indiana University.
Vera May led a distinguished career as a music teacher, an artist and an author.
She received her bachelor's degree in music education from DePauw University and her M.A. degree from Villanova University.
The Putnam County Community Foundation is a nonprofit public charity established in 1985 to serve donors, award grants and provide leadership, enriching the quality of life and strengthening community in Putnam County.
The Community Foundation administers more than 210 funds and endowments for donors supporting a variety of charities.
To obtain additional information on how you can leave a legacy through the Community Foundation or receive a grant for a Putnam County project please contact Eric Wolfe at 653-4978 or visit www.pcfoundation.org.