MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR PAUL R. FARMER
Paul Farmer, 65, of Washington, Virginia passed away Saturday, May 19, 2012, at his home in Rappahannock County, following his undaunted struggle with brain cancer, which he faced with grace and courage. Born in Washington, D.C. on June 27, 1946, he was the only child of Paul V. and Gloria A. Farmer and grew up in Prince Georges County, Maryland. A graduate of Northwestern High School, he received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in geography
from the University of Maryland.
Joining the Central Intelligence Agency in 1968, Paul worked for many years at the National Photographic Interpretation Center as an analyst and manager. Following his retirement in 2001, he relocated from Fairfax County, Virginia to Rappahannock County, where he immersed himself in community volunteer work, serving for four dedicated years as the president of the Rappahannock League for Environmental Protection (RLEP). A long-time and devoted friend of many, Paul had wide-ranging interests and expertise; he was an avid backpacker, hiker, sailor, writer, researcher, reader, traveler, environmentalist, gardener, investor, and collector/restorer/appraiser of
antique radios and electronics.
Paul is survived by his wife, Katherine Poush Farmer; his two children Cathleen A. ( Jason) Bise of Tulsa, Oklahoma and Matthew P. (Heather) Farmer of Amissville, Virginia from his marriage to Madelyn Berkeley; and stepsons Andrew G. (Maricris) Poush and James R. (Makiko) Poush. He is also survived by grandchildren Laikyn Farmer and Jake, Julianne, and Paige Bise and by honorary grandchildren Zoe, Aidan, and Joren Poush. He regarded two of his cousins, Diane
Kowal and Mary Ann Fleming, as sisters. The community and friends are invited to a celebration of
Paul’s life, followed by a reception, to be held on Sunday, July 22 at 3 p.m. at Wakefield Country Day School,
1059 Zachary Taylor Hwy, Flint Hill, VA 22627 (www.wakefieldcds.org). For those who wish to make a donation in his memory, the family suggests the Hospice of
the Rapidan, the Washington Fire Hall, RLEP or an environmental charity, or the American Brain Tumor