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Dr. Farr received his medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master of Science degree in epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He trained in internal medicine and infectious diseases at the University of Virginia. He spent the rest of his career on the faculty of the University of the University of Virginia School of Medicine where he retired as the William S. Jordan Jr., Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at the age of 52 due to physical disability from multiple sclerosis. Hospital Epidemiologist at UVA for 18 years and Chairman of the Master of Science Program in Epidemiology for 11 years, he mentored 18 postdoctoral fellows in research. He also was President of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, and Editor of the SHEA scientific journal Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. He co-authored 167 medical publications, 137 scientific abstracts for national scientific meetings, and co-edited two books entitled Catheter Related Infections.

After retirement, Dr. Farr decided that he would write a novel, something he had always wanted to do. This opportunity seemed to be the silver lining of a large, black cloud. When halfway finished, he saw a new, national vital statistics study including more than 25,000 American patients with MS in which the average age at death was 60 years. This led him to decide that he should pause his novel writing long enough to allow him to share with other patients  the strategies he had devised for coping with multiple sclerosis while he was still able to do that. So, he wrote Multiple Sclerosis: Coping With Complications.

Until paralysis made him stop, Dr. Farr always enjoyed taking photographs. This is a picture he took of the University of Virginia Hospital with the Blue Ridge Mountains in the background.