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Induction Category & YearGeneral 1979
Home TownVermillion, SD
Geneseo, IL
Geneseo, IL

   William Farber
Champion of Excellence

 William "Doc" Farber organized the state's Legislative Research Council and was the driving force behind a 1972 constitutional revision that simplified South Dakota's executive branch and unified its court system. He was also the author of the book City Manager Government in South Dakota, published in 1948.

At the University of South Dakota, Farber was a professor and served as chairman of the Department of Government (Political Science) for 38 years. His method, simply, was to raise questions and give students a chance to respond. As a professor in class, he would arrive a few minutes early to give students a chance to talk with him. He also taped his lectures so that students could concentrate on the lectures and not on taking notes as much. <p>During the Farber Fest, an event held in honor of the professor of political science at the USD Vermillion campus, world, national, state, and local government issues were discussed. The event also served as a fund-raiser to save Old Main, an administration and classroom building on the USD campus, which was renamed Farber Hall in the professor’s honor. <p>Farber served as State Price Officer, O.P.A., 1942-43, consultant, 1946. He was a member regional loyalty bd., U.S. Civil Service Commission, 1948-53 Director of legislative research for the SD Legislative Council since 1951 served as private and warrant officer, A.A.F., 1943-46. He also held memberships in the American Political Science Association, National Municipal League, American Political and Social Science, American Society for Public Administration, Governmental Research Association and the American Association of University Professors. <p>

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