Zoltan Farkas, 94, died in Savannah June 9  after an extended illness. Dr. Farkas served as founding chair of the Department of Foreign Languages at Georgia Southern, 1955-1975. A native of Hungary, he earned a Ph.D. in German, Hungarian language and literature, and commercial correspondence from the University of Budapest in 1931. He tutored the children of the Hungarian ambassador to Turkey for four years and taught German, Hungarian, and geography at Presbyterian College in Budapest, 1933-36. In 1944 he and his family left Hungary for Austria to escape the Communist occupation of his homeland, and emigrated to the U.S. in 1949.
He remained active in University activities as a professor emeritus and was honored with the establishment of the Zoltan Farkas Scholarship through the University Foundation. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor ,of Tybee Island, Ga.; a daughter, Agnes F. Campbell, of Newton, Mass.; two sons, Andrew, of Ellicot City, M.D., and Stephen, of Gainesville, Ga.; a sister, Lenke Skoff, of Zurich, Switzerland; and seven grandchildren.
(Georgia Southern Magazine, Summer 2002, p.37)
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