Ralph B. Farrell, BA, MA , DPhil, FAHA
Dean of the Faculty of Arts, 1950–54, & 1963–67
Sydney-born, R.B. Farrell completed degrees in Arts at Sydney University, before going on to obtain his doctorate from the University of Berlin, Germany.
Farrell began teaching in the German department as an assistant lecturer in 1937, was promoted to senior lecturer in 1944, and appointed to the McCaughey chair of German in 1946.
He initially became dean when the faculty elected him to complete A.D. Trendall’s term, and was then re-elected for two further consecutive terms but, like both his predecessors, he resigned early, in his case to take sabbatical leave. In 1963 he was again elected dean, on this occasion to complete the term of J.L. Mackie, who had departed early to take up an overseas appointment. Following this, Farrell was re-elected for two further full terms although there were short periods during that time when he was ill and J.M. Ward and H.L. Rogers each acted in his stead.
Farrell presided over the Arts faculty’s centenary celebrations in 1952 and retired in 1974, having received honours from the government of the Federal Republic of Germany and from the Goethe Society.
Australian Academy of the Humanities