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Farber Photograph Collection

A New Yorker by birth, Lillian Farber fell in love with southern Vermont and moved to Newfane in the mid-1970’s. While here, she was very active in the non-profit sector, and admired Marlboro College’s commitment to student-centered education and joined the Board of Trustees.

With a sense of adventure and mission, she took on the role of chairwoman of the Trustees’ finance committee. She was fearless approaching potential donors, and unfailingly persuasive. Three Marlboro presidents, as well as members of the faculty and staff, counted on her for her counsel and foresight.

She had an artist’s eye for photography, and over the course of a lifetime built a distinguished collection that included works by Helen Levitt, Paul Strand, Ansel Adams, Eugene Atget and Paul Caponigro, among others. In 2006, she donated the collection to Marlboro College, where it resides in both the Rice-Aron Library and the Serkin Center. 


(a mostly random selection of Marlboro microdestinations)