John Farr was born in 1892 in New York City. His father died when he was young, leaving him with a single mother. At age 11, he moved to Chicago where he lived until his death at the age of 21 from tuberculosis at the age of 23. He left behind two children: one daughter and one son.
Farr’s first musical experience came during World War I when he played clarinet for the Army Band at Fort Sheridan in Illinois. He then spent several years playing piano in a number of bands before moving into the field of musicology.
In 1923, he married Mary Ethel Farrer (1893–1958), whom he had met while she worked as a secretary at the University of Chicago Medical School. They were divorced in 1929.
His most famous works include “The Great Gatsby” (1920) and “A Man Escaped” (1931).
He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1931. He died of cancer on January 25, 1958 at the age of 64.
His son, Jim Farr, died of an accidental gunshot wound on January 22, 1975 at age 40.
His daughter, Barbara Farr (1926-), moved to California and worked as a medical secretary. She never married and has no children.
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Determination of aquifer transmissivity from Earth tide analysis by A Ganguly, R Nilchiani, JV Farr – International journal of production …, 2009 – Elsevier
Evaluating agility in corporate enterprises by BC Ezell, JV Farr, I Wiese – Journal of infrastructure systems, 2000 – ascelibrary.org
Infrastructure risk analysis model by JV Farr, DM Brazil – Engineering Management Journal, 2009 – Taylor & Francis
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Component architecture for medical device system networks by JF Rothrock, VA Parada, C Sims, K Key… – … : The Journal of …, 2006 – Wiley Online Library