Dr. John Farrington, School of Medicine 1952
Dr. John Farrington, CU Anschutz and Boulder community leader, graduated from the CU School of Medicine in 1952. After medical school, he completed a fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic, and later returned to CU, serving as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine from 1956-1987.
Through the years Farrington has seen the face of medicine change, from polio vaccinations through the advent of the MRI and modern testing methods. Farrington brought the first ventilator to the Boulder Community Hospital, where he taught his fellow doctors and nurses about respiratory care. He has consistently helped shape the landscape of his profession by creating the Colorado Society of Internal Medicine, and serving as the President of the American Society of Internal Medicine.
Now in his retirement, Farrington finds himself more busy than ever. He volunteers doing carpentry work the First Presbyterian Church of Boulder, and continues to work on the model train set in his basement—a work in progress of over 40 years.
President of the School of Medicine Alumni Association
Farrington also stays strongly connected to the CU family by playing a vital role in the Anschutz and Boulder Alumni Associations. He is currently serving as President of the School of Medicine Alumni Association, and is a past President of the CU Boulder Directors Club. An active member of the alumni associations since the early 1960s, Farrington continues to further the vision of the university, leading by example. Dr. Farrington, along with other key classmates, established the Class of 1952 Scholarship Endowment, helping fund medical student’s education.
Awards and Honors
Farrington’s list of accomplishments is long and remarkable. In 1982 Farrington received the Silver and Gold Award for excellence in humanitarianism. He was the recipient of the President George Norlin Award in 2001. This year he was honored with the Regent’s University Medal for Distinguished Service award. Dean Krugman spoke fondly of Dr. Farrington, saying that, “he continues to work diligently to create a culture of giving among CU Medicine graduates and students.” Through Farrington’s service to others and dedicated leadership, he has set an example for which we can all strive to reach.