Cheltenham High School Hall of Fame

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James  Farquhar

class of 1930
inducted in 1996

James Farquhar

Civic Leader & Philanthropist

James Farquhar graduated from Cheltenham High School in 1936, and then received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1939. His first philanthropic action was in the founding of the Ft. Lauderdale Symphony, which has now grown into the Florida Philharmonic Society and Museum of Art. He is one of the founders of Nova University, and was the first Chairman of the Board of Trustees. In 1974, he was appointed Chairman of the State Board of Independent Colleges and Universities by the governor of Florida. His philanthropic work has benefited the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Maryland, Washington and Lee University, Jacksonville University, the University of Florida, and Broward Community College. Mr. Farquhar passed away on March 27, 1997, survived by his wife Nan Wagner Farquhar, also a Cheltenham graduate.