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James Farquhar


James Farquhar, (1913-1997) who was one of the founding members of the Board of Trustees in 1964, spent a decade providing money to the Davie university in its infancy. James Farquhar is often referred to as “Mr. Nova,” as the university may not have survived without him. The school, then known as Nova University.

Mr. Farquhar moved to Davie in 1945. He was a farmer, raising cattle and working with sod, and also contributed funds to higher education institutions nationwide, including Broward Community College.

Farquhar served as chairman of the board of trustees for both the South Florida Education Center (SFEC) and Nova University of Advanced Technology. He served on Nova’s board until 1976.

At a university gala in 1980, he was remembered as “a quiet friend, staunch ally, and generous contributor.” He helped to establish the Fort Lauderdale Symphony Orchestra and forged the link between Nova Southeastern University and the Fort Lauderdale | Museum of Art.

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James Farquhar