From a contemporary press report:
John H. Farquhar, 47, a Lieutenant Commander who was assistant leader of the Navy Band in Washington, died of a heart attack April 17 while attending a music workshop in Little Creek, Virginia. He lived in Alexandria, Virginia.
Commander Farquhar was born in Evanston, Illinois, and grew up in nearby Villa Park. He was a French horn player and a music graduate of DePauw University, He also studied human resources management at Pepperdine University and band-leading at the Armed Forces School of Music. He enlisted in the Navy in 1972.
He served as director of the Allied Forces Southern Europe Band in Italy and the Pacific Fleet Band in Hawaii. Since his assignment to the Washington area in 1994, he had also worked in the Bureau of Naval Personnel.
His honors included Meritorious Service and Navy Commendation medals.
His marriages to Marcia J. Wetherill (now Spina) and Allison Hobbes Mead and and ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Ann Nohacs Farquhar of Alexandria; two daughters from his first marriage, Jennifer Ann Farquhar of Indianapolis and Heather Jean Farquhar of Beverly, N.J.; and his parents, Donald G. Farquhar and Jeanne H. Farquhar, both of Villa Park.
FARQUHAR, JOHN HOWARD, LCDR, USN
On April 17, 1998, at the Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, VA, JOHN HOWARD FARQUHAR, LCDR, USN, husband of Linda Ann Farquhar; son of Donald and Jeanne Farquhar; father of Jennifer and Heather Farquhar; brother of Susan Lipchak, Donna Marquart, Laurel Garza, Robert, Steven and David Farquhar.. Funeral services will be held at the Naval Security Station Chapel, 3801 Nebraska Ave., NW, Washington, DC at 9 a.m. on Thursday, April 23. Interment Arlington National Cemetery. Family requests memorials be made to Admiral Boorda Seaman to Admiral Education Program, Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, Building 172, Washington Navy Yard, Washington, DC 20374 or Endowed Memorial Scholarship Fund, DePauw University, Attn.: Development Office, Lisa Hollander, Greencastle, IN 46135.
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