Posted by: showmestrength | November 30, 2012

Memorial Service- Saturday, December 1st

The remembrances continue to pour in for our dear friend, Farish. Another list of remembrances can be seen here on the Harvard Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Website.

Additonally, a memorial service will be held tomorrow at Harvard’s Memorial Church starting at 2:30 PM with a reception to follow. Details from Harvard are below:

Please gather with us to celebrate the life and accomplishments of an extraordinary
teacher, mentor and friend.

Saturday, December 1st
2:30 in the afternoon
Memorial Church
Harvard Yard, Cambridge

Reception to follow
Harvard Museum of Natural History
26 Oxford Street

Parking will be available in the garage at 52 Oxford Street (entrance at the corner of Oxford and Everett Streets.) Please tell the parking attendant you are attending the service.

Campus map:

Area hotels:

Questions: or 617-495-2460

Posted by: showmestrength | November 16, 2012

From Harvard- The Crimson

‘Indiana Jones’ Professor Was Classroom Star

Posted by: showmestrength | November 15, 2012

More Recollections of Farish

Unsurprisingly, the outpouring of support for this remarkable man and his family abounds and paints a tremendous picture of the true and honest way in which he treated everyone he came in contact with:

Letter from his Niece: A Thank You Letter Written On An Old Typewriter

The Node: Farish A. Jenkins, Jr. (1940-2012)

Thomson Safaris: Farewell to Our Dear Friend, Farish Jenkins

Ernst Myer Library: Farish Jenkins (1940-2012) 


Posted by: showmestrength | November 14, 2012

Farish Jenkins Was Truly Sui Generis

Capturing the essence of Farish…

Farish Jenkins Was Truly Sui Generis.

Posted by: showmestrength | November 14, 2012

Stories and Thoughts about Farish

Please feel free to comment below to share your thoughts about Farish.

In my mind he was one of the best professors I came across while an undergraduate at Harvard. He always went way above and beyond role of a professor, and became a mentor and friend to me and many of my classmates. Yes, his lectures were pristine and well thought out, as he freehanded anatomy in his OEB 139: Evolution of the Vertebrates with tremendous ease in colored chalk, but the personal interest he took in all of his students’ well-being, and his ability to make everyone feel like a close, personal friend, made him the legend he will always be in my mind.

After taking his class, he continually reached out to former students. Before school ended in May of 2008, he asked for addresses from the class and said he would send us a postcard during his fossil adventures to the secluded Ellesmere Island. I remember clearly that day later that summer, when an Oyster Box postcard arrived from 79°50′N 78°00′W!

I had the honor of speaking with him this past June, after having graduated myself in 2008. Just as he had as an undergrad, he welcomed me with his hearty handshake and standard 3 piece-suit. He spoke lovingly about his family, upcoming trips he was planning through the Harvard Alumni association, and excitedly showed me pictures he received from another former student at her recent medical school white coat ceremony, after having written her a recommendation letter. I, too, was hoping to send him the pictures from my own ceremony this next fall as he has helped me do the same. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, and he will be missed.

Matt Kramer, ’08

Posted by: showmestrength | November 14, 2012

Kind Words and Articles

From 11/13/12- Farish A. Jenkins (1940–2012)

From Why Evolution is True- 11/13/12- Farish A. Jenkins, Jr., 1940-2012

From the Boston Globe- 11/14/12- Farish Jenkins, paleontologist, Harvard teacher

Information about a memorial service at Harvard to follow…


Posted by: showmestrength | November 14, 2012

Remembering Farish Jenkins, Jr.

Upon hearing the sad news of the passing of our great teacher, mentor and friend, Farish Jenkins, Jr., on November 11th, 2012, this collaborative page was designed for former students, friends, colleagues and everyone else who’s life was made better by interactions with this great man to reflect, share stories, and maybe share a postcard he sent to you from one of his adventures to the remote areas of the world!  He will be missed and our thoughts and prayers are with his family!