NAOMI SUSAN FARR
Naomi Susan Farr, 62, died Friday, Feb. 12, after a year-long struggle with
Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, a rare brain disorder.
Naomi was born at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Hollywood, Calif. on May 12, 1947 and grew up in Torrance and Westchester. She attended UCLA while also working in the
Transportation Department, and then transitioned after graduation into a position as a researcher for the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica. Later, she worked as a researcher for The National Economic Research Associates in downtown Los Angeles.
Naomi was active in the Sierra Club, an organization in which she met her future husband, Doug.
She worked in the area of conservation and was awarded the Galen Clark Conservation award. She and Doug co-chaired the Conservation Committee of the Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club.
After getting married in 1975, she worked with Doug in the family pension consulting business while going to night school to earn a credential as an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher. She worked in the family business during the day and taught ESL in both Glendale and El Monte at night. After 17 years with this schedule she again went to night school at Point Loma Nazarene University in Pasadena and earned a Master’s degree in elementary education. From 1996 until 2009 she taught first grade in El Monte. She was in charge of the school’s California English Language Development Test (CELDT) program. She was nominated and voted by her peers as Teacher of the Year for the 2003-2004 school year at Baker Elementary School.
Naomi’s love was traveling and she visited all seven continents before her death. Her last trip abroad was the continent of Antarctica that she visited with Doug in 2008.
Naomi is survived by her husband Douglas; sister Jennifer Dalziel; children Andy, Nick and Emily; and granddaughters Carlie and Kaitlyn.
Her memorial service will be for immediate family and close friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Naomi’s name to the CJD Foundation, P.O. Box 5312, Akron, Ohio 44334.