In Memoriam, Dr. Vera King Farris

Office of the President

In Memoriam
Dr. Vera King Farris
(July 18, 1938-November 28, 2009)

Dr. Vera King Farris
Dr. Vera King Farris

The Richard Stockton College community lost one of its most treasured members in November 2009 with the passing of President Emerita Dr. Vera King Farris.

An Atlantic City native, Dr. Farris was the first African American female President of a New Jersey State College and one of the first in the nation. She served Stockton with distinction and vision for 20 years, from 1983 until her retirement in 2003.

Under her outstanding leadership, Stockton became a nationally ranked institution, increasing SAT scores, minority enrollment and retention. She also established one of the nation's first Holocaust Resource Centers and the first Master's program in Holocaust and Genocide Studies. During her tenure the College constructed eight buildings, including the Sports Center, West Quad Health Sciences Building, one of the world’s largest geothermal heating and cooling systems, and the Michael Graves designed Arts and Sciences Buildings.

Friends and colleagues of Dr. Farris are encouraged to help honor her memory with a donation to The Vera King Farris Scholarship Fund.

Donations can be made online through the College’s website by accessing the Richard Stockton Society online giving form or by mail to:

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Office of Development
P.O. Box 195
Pomona, New Jersey 08240.

Donations by check should be made to the Richard Stockton College Foundation with Vera King Farris Scholarship in the memo line.

While we mourn Dr. Farris’ passing, we celebrate her extraordinary leadership, courage and contributions to Stockton, the State of New Jersey and the nation.

Our sincere condolences are extended to all of Dr. Farris' family members, friends and colleagues.

Dr. Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr.