To all our East Montrose neighbors,

Our good friend and neighbor Bob Farquharson passed away early last Saturday, 
October 23rd. His death was sudden and unexpected. His family chose to honor 
his passing without public ceremony. Neither a funeral nor a memorial service 
is planned at this time.

For those of you who did not know Bob, he was President of the East Montrose 
Civic Association for the year 2008. He was a true asset to the community, and 
we will all miss him.

Bob's obituary is expected to be in The Houston Chronicle on Sunday, October 
31. In case you don't see the newspaper, the following is the text of his 


Robert C. Farquharson II, 66, passed away early Saturday morning, October 23, 
2010, at his home in the Montrose area, in Houston. He died peacefully in the 
arms of his beloved spouse, Bob Mills. 

Robert was born in Gulfport, Mississippi on November 30, 1943. He attended 
primary and secondary schools on Long Island, New York; Clark University in 
Worcester, Massachusetts; Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, Florida, where 
he was awarded the Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education; the 
University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he was awarded the 
Master's degree in Educational Administration; and was also admitted to 
candidacy for the Doctor of Philosophy degree at the University of Florida. He 
maintained numerous academic and professional credentials in teaching, 
leadership, management and administration.

Robert enjoyed a long and distinguished career in the field of Education. He 
began as an elementary school teacher in Jacksonville, Florida, before moving 
to the Houston Independent School District (HISD) in 1970. His many positions 
at HISD over the next 34 years began with elementary school teaching and 
progressed through assignments as principal of elementary schools, middle 
schools and high schools. He eventually became District Executive Director, 
HISD Southwest, and Director of Main Event Management Systems Administration. 
After officially retiring from his HISD position, Robert taught management and 
systems theory for a local consulting firm. Robert continued teaching until his 
death, at which time he was an instructor of English as a Second Language with 
the Houston Community College.
Robert's accomplishments were even more notable because of the significant 
health challenges he faced. In 1998, he was diagnosed with advanced cancer and 
given little hope for survival. After enduring extensive chemotherapy, 
radiation and massive surgery, he conquered the odds and continued his work.

In addition to occupying various positions of professional leadership, Robert 
was a highly respected social leader and community supporter for many years, 
serving as President of the East Montrose Civic Association, and representing 
the neighborhood in political and social activities. He was the master of the 
written and spoken word, and happily shared his wisdom and abilities with all 
who asked.

Robert is survived by his spouse and life partner of 31 years, Bob Mills, to 
whom he was married in Connecticut in July 2010. He is also survived by his 
mother, Shirley Farquharson, and his sister, Sue Buerkel, both of Mastic, New 

Robert will be sorely missed by his spouse, family, many dear friends, 
neighbors, former students and co-workers. 

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, with a specific 
designation for colorectal cancer. 

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