Lowell Judson Farmer, Jr. '56
In the 1950s, when Lowell Judson Farmer applied to the University of Utah, he was denied admittance because the university could not accommodate his wheelchair. When Jud’s father brought him to Westminster College, the College welcomed him with a scholarship. Members of the school’s athletic teams took turns carrying his wheelchair up and down the steps of Converse and Foster Halls, but that was the only time he needed assistance for any physical limitations. He was a presence to be reckoned with intellectually.
“Jud” graduated from Westminster College with a degree in speech. He credited Westminster and Professor Jay Lees with his success in life. Jud did return to the University of Utah and earned a masters degree in speech pathology there. He completed all but the dissertation of a Ph.D. at the University of Virginia. Jud Farmer had a long and successful career assisting others to overcome communication disabilities as chief of speech pathology at the Communicative Disorders Laboratory at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi. In addition, he was a charter member and officer of the Southern Audiology Society. Upon his retirement, UMMC granted Jud instructor emeritus status in otolaryngology and speech pathology.
Jud and his wife Pat reared two children. He persevered through tremendous physical challenges to enjoy life and serve others. Jud was an inspiration to all who knew him, learned from him, and loved him.