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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.wake­field­ 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

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