Michael Farbman

November 20, 1943 - April 16, 2023
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Michael Farbman, retired USAID Senior Foreign Service Officer, died peacefully April 16, 2023, at home in Falls Church, VA. He is survived by his wife, Susan, three daughters and their families, including five grandchildren, and his sister, Bette Silverman. A memorial gathering will be planned for autumn. Condolences may be made at https://no- MikeContinue Reading

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Charles Mulvey left a message on April 3, 2024:
Sorry to hear that you are gone Mike. A good man. Taught me how to use chopsticks at a Chinese restaurant in Glasgow.
Saengroj RDMA left a message on May 26, 2023:
Dear Michael, Thanks for your support to RDMA during your time with us. Your wisdom, compassion, and kindness will always be remembered. I still remember the good time we spent during lunches at RDMA where we shared stories and laughter. Rest in peace. Sincerely, Saengroj
Courtney Chubb left a message on May 24, 2023:
Mike and his smile lit up every room he entered. The world is dimmer without him. But for those of us who worked with him, like me, his impact on our lives will always shine bright.
Panochawan (Aor) left a message on May 24, 2023:
My sincere condolences to his passing. Mike Farbman nominated me to receive an FSN of the year award in 2011. I'm grateful for his recognition. The prestigious award is a life changing. It has long-term impact for my career. In addition, it sets good example for other colleagues. He and I valued our friendship and get in touch occasionally since he left RDMA. I sent Christmas greeting to him every year. I didn't hear back from him in Dec 2023 followed by this sad news. May he rest in peace.
Kendra Schoenholz left a message on May 24, 2023:
My deepest condolences for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family during this difficult time.
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Donna Stauffer left a message on May 23, 2023:
My sincerest condolences to Mike's family and loved ones. Mike was a stand-out for USAID, and truly represented the best of the best in his efforts to improve the lives of those less fortunate around the world. He is known for his technical and managerial excellence, and for his kindness, warm personality and humor.
Richard and Ellen Flaherty left a message on May 21, 2023:
We were so sorry to learn of Mike’s passing. We admired the work and contributions of his chosen career and vicariously enjoyed the countries and cultures of his distant postings. He did important work and we are grateful that he shared his thoughts and experiences with us. We especially appreciated learning about different cuisines and admired his love of the spicy which he and Sue graciously shared with us on many occasions over the years. He had a remarkable contagious enthusiasm for life. Mike was engaged and engaging, and our lives were richer for knowing him. We will miss his friendship and the world will miss his strong presence.
Dave Brown left a message on May 13, 2023:
I just learned of Mike's death. My condolences to you Sue and the family. I treasure the memories of being your neighbor in Falls Church for many years and valuing Mike's friendship, and his kind and gentle manner. He was a good husband, father and friend.
Jon Halpern left a message on April 30, 2023:
So sorry to learn of Michael's passing. He was a caring, encouraging mentor to me in my first job at USAID, some +40 years ago. It's because of him that I stayed (and flourished) in the field I can still picture him chuckling as we each made crude jokes about one of his projects, SMED, in front of an audience of grad students from abroad. They were puzzled...
Elena Malunis left a message on April 30, 2023:
I am so saddened to hear about Michael’s passing. Michael was a respected colleague and volunteer for the IWMF (the International Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia) where he made a significant difference in the quality of IWMF’s communications to IWMF members worldwide , the Waldenstrom’s medical community, and IWMF Affiliates. Michael was also a friend as well as IWMF colleague and was of significant help to me in my responsibilities on the IWMF Board. Michael will be missed by all of us who worked with him in the IWMF as well as all who have been recipients of IWMF written communications.
Frank Titus left a message on April 29, 2023:
RIP Mike.
Northern Virginia Burial & Cremation Society left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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