Brandon economist remembered

BRANDON - Frank A. Farnsworth, age 90, died Jan. 30 at the home of his son in Brandon. He was born June 4, 1919, in Manchester, N.H. He was the son of Frank A. and Claudine (Miller) Farnsworth.

A graduate of Manchester High School, he continued his education at Colgate University and Harvard University.

Dr. Farnsworth taught economics at Colgate from 1941 until he retired in 1987. While at Colgate, he also served as chair of the department of economics and directed one of the first economics study groups to London in the 1960s. He was also a Fulbright Professor at the Norwegian School of Economics in Bergen.

Throughout his career, research took him to many interesting and unusual places such as: two trips to Soviet Russia to visit Collective Farms and other industries; coal mines in Pennsylvania and Nova Scotia; various mining sites at Cobalt, Ontario; commercial fishing boats in Norway and logging camps and paper mills in northern New England. Since his retirement, he devoted much of his time to research on silver and other mining activities near Brandon.

His students were the most important part of his career and he worked tirelessly to find new ways to help them apply their classroom learning to real world situations. Alumni who had been successful in business and industry came into his classes. and often provided internship opportunities at their companies.

The family-owned Poolville Country Store served as a learning lab for students who were expected to run every aspect of the business. Giving back to the community was always important to Farnsworth and he included this in the country store course by requiring that the students donate all profits to a worthy cause of their choice.

During World War II, Frank instructed naval units at Colgate in both aerial navigation and physics. He did consulting work with small businesses in New York State and Canada.

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