A Sacred Moment


Dr. Stuart Julian Farber

November 13, 1947 - February 27, 2015

Devoted Husband, Father, Grandfather and Pioneer in Palliative Care

Dr. Stuart Farber passed away peacefully on Friday morning, surrounded by his family. Stu was a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley (1970) and the University of Washington Medical School (1974).

Stu had two life-long passions: his family, and improving care for patients and families at the end of their lives. This was reflected in his work as a family doctor for 17 years, keeping an office at N 26th and Washington, and in his later 20 years as a professor at the University of Washington Medical School where he founded and directed the Palliative Care Service at the UW Medical Center.

He was a devoted husband, a caring father, a lover of Shakespeare and poetry, a singer and guitarist, an avid skier. He reveled in the outdoors, often hiking in the Cascade and Olympic Mountains. Most of all he was a truly loving Papa to his four grandchildren, to whom he especially dedicated the final year of his life with constant intention, mindfulness and presence.

Stu is survived by his wife Annalu, his brother Steven (Fran), sister Gail Lehman (Bill), son Saul (Michelle) of Tacoma, son Bryan Baggenstos (Melinda) of Renton, grandchildren Maxwell and June Farber, Tyler and Katelen Baggenstos and many cousins, nieces, nephews, colleagues, students, and caring friends.


Funeral services will be held Sunday, March 1st at 2:00 p.m. at Home of Peace Cemetery 5421 Steilacoom Blvd. SW in Lakewood, WA 98499 followed by a gathering at Temple Beth El 5975 S. 12th Street, Tacoma WA 98465. Further details and an online guestbook can be found at www.asacredmoment.com.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Stuart and Annalu Farber Endowed Professorship in Palliative Care Education. Contact Caroline Anderson at 206-221-2899 or post donations to PO Box 358045, Seattle, WA 98195-8045.


Late Fragment


And did you get what
you wanted from this life, even so?
I did.
And what did you want?
To call myself beloved, to feel myself
beloved on the earth.

Raymond Carver

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