James V. Farrell, for thirty years Equipment Manager for the Department of Athletics, is leaving his post as of next July 1.
Since 1928, when Farrell first came to work for the Department, he has never missed a football game or any other major athletic event. He came to Harvard before Dillon Field House was built in 1929.
Farrell has emphasized that he is retiring only because of a University regulation requiring compulsory retirement at age 65. He has already been permitted to remain a year beyond that age.
He has had numerous offers of future employment from prep schools and sporting-goods stores in this area and in New York, but has not yet made any definite plans.
Farrell was presented with an honorary membership in the Varsity Club last Friday night at a dinner given in his honor. "Harvard owes me nothing," he said to the gathering. "I have been exceptionally lucky." In his speech, the retiring manager paid special respects to former athletes who lost their lives in World War II.
At Farrell's instigation, a football signed by this year's squad was presented at the testimonial dinner to the oldest Varsity Club member present, Bill MacDonald, '03.