Dr. Leonard F. Farrey Professor Emeritus, Worcester State College.
He leaves his wife of 53 years, Margaret Farrey (McMaster); his children: Kathleen Flanigan, Brian Farrey, David Farrey, Eileen Peltier, and Matthew Farrey; his grandchildren: Patrick and Meaghan Flanigan, Allison and Madeline Farrey and Marta and Olivia Peltier; and his sister, Maureen Farrey. He also leaves behind his daughter-in-law, Debra Farrey and son-in-law, Craig Peltier and nineteen nieces and nephews. He was also well loved by his brother and sisters in-law in his extended McMaster family. His brother, Thomas Bernard Farrey died in 1954 and his sister, Geraldine Smith died in 1996.
Leonard was born in Worcester May 3, 1931, the son of Thomas Farrey and Louise Farrey (Leonard.) He graduated from South High School in 1950, Worcester State College in 1954, and received a Doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1979. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1954 to 1956, achieving the rank of First Lieutenant. Rather than pursue a career in the Marine Corps, he chose to return home to marry his college sweetheart Margaret McMaster, start a family, and pursue a career in education. His 46 year career in education began at Oxford High School in 1956, where he taught History, was director of guidance and served as assistant principal.
In fall 1965, he began a 37 year career at Worcester State College when he was appointed an assistant professor and then promoted to associate professor in 1968 in the Department of Education. He then served in several key administrative roles, including Director of Counseling Services, Coordinator of the Graduate Program in Counselor Training and Chairman of the Academic Policies and Procedures Committee. He was an innovative administrator and educator who established and was the first director of the counseling center, designed the first off campus Masters degree program at Fort Devens for military personnel, developed and implemented the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) in Worcester, and created the college's first diagnostic testing and developmental skills programs for freshmen. In 1979, after several years of rigorous part-time study he completed a doctoral program. In 1980, he was appointed to the rank of full professor in the school of Business Administration, where he taught for 22 years. He was awarded the Faculty Distinguished Service Award in June 1984.
Dr. Farrey was a member and leader of numerous professional associations committed to advancing teaching throughout Massachusetts such as the American Personnel and Guidance Association, the Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors, the State College Task Force on Developmental Skills, and the National Vocational Guidance Association. He was also the first chairman of the Worcester Consortium Counselor Association. Dr. Farrey was known as a caring and compassionate teacher who loved to teach and work with students of all ages and backgrounds. His commitment to teaching touched the lives of thousands.
Leonard was an active member of Christ the King Parish for 35 years, was one of the first Eucharistic ministers, and was an active member of the Men's Club. He chaired the Bishop's Fund Campaign for five years and was a long-time member of the Saint Vincent DePaul Society. He was active in the Worcester State Alumni Association for many years.
He was an avid reader of history, a lover of yard sales, Old Sturbridge Village, and his pipe. He was a "hands-on" manager of the family home who was just as likely to swing a hammer, build a wall, or hang sheet rock, as he was to write a dissertation or grade a paper. Beloved by his friends and neighbors for his gregarious personality he will be missed by many. The family would like to thank the staff and residents of Notre Dame Long Term Care Center for their loving support and compassion for Leonard in his final years.
Calling hours are Wednesday, October 20 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster Street, Worcester. The funeral Mass will be Thursday, October 21 at 10:00 a.m. at Christ the King Church, 1052 Pleasant Street, Worcester. Burial will be at St. John's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Worcester State College Foundation, 486 Chandler Street, Worcester, 01602 for the "Dr. Leonard F. Farrey Memorial Scholarship Fund."