The LTU ECE Department remembers with gratitude the life and career of Dr Harry Robert Farrah, Professor Emeritus of Electrical and Computer Engineering, who passed away on Wednesday, January 14th, 2015.
Dr Farrah earned the BSEE degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the MSEE, MBA, and PhD degrees from Wayne State University. Before joining LTU, he worked as Project Manager at Bendix Corporation in Southfield. He served as Chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department from 1990 to 2001.
“Bob Farrah welcomed me warmly to the LTU Family and was always ready to help in any way possible,” said Dr Phil Olivier, ECE Chair. “His contributions to the electrical and computer engineering programs cannot be overstated.” Prof Ben Sweet observed that “Dr Farrah may have been the only ECE Chair to have hired two generations from the same family. My father also served as an adjunct under his leadership.” Dr Kun Hua, Assistant Professor, recalled Farrah as a joyful mentor: “So many moments with him I cannot forget … he was the first person I talked with from Lawrence Tech … full of encouragement and suggestions.” These sentiments, echoed throughout the ECE Department, were summed up by Prof Riyadh Kenaya: “He was a great friend, mentor, and a man of principle.”
Dr Farrah will be profoundly missed. He is survived by his wife Deanna, three children, and grandchildren.