Oklahoma Baptist University

Dr. Richard Farley, Retired Music Faculty, Dies May 1

Taught at OBU For 36 Years

Dr. Richard Farley

Dr. C. Richard Farley, retired associate professor of music, died May 1 in Shawnee. He was 80.

A native of Miami, Okla., Farley graduated from OBU in 1950 with a bachelorís degree in music. He served as a minister of music at Baptist churches in Elizabethton, Tenn., and Muskogee before returning to OBU in 1954 as a member of the music faculty. He was promoted to assistant professor of music in 1957, and associate professor in 1971. He retired in May, 1990.

Farley earned a masterís degree in church music from Northwestern University in 1955, and completed a doctor of music education degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1971. He also completed graduate study at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y.

After graduating from high school, Farley worked at a shipyard in Portland, Ore., before serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

He married Etta Jean Dunham on June 1, 1949, in Nixa, Mo. During his OBU career he served as a minister of music at the First Baptist Church of McLoud, the First Baptist Church of Stroud, and Wallace Avenue Baptist Church, Immanuel Baptist Church, and the First Christian Church in Shawnee.

Farley is survived by his wife, Etta Jean, to whom he was married for nearly 57 years; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Frazier Farley of Midwest City and Tracy and Marie Farley of Shawnee; seven grandchildren, Holly, Stephanie, Aaron and Daniel, all of Midwest City, and Faith, Amber Grace and Hope, all of Shawnee; one brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Jerri Farley of Broken Arrow; one sister, Ruth Helen Jenkins of Toledo, Ore., and numerous nieces and nephews.