This year's Mission City Community Fund Austen Warburton personal and George Burdick Corporate award winners - Larry Fargher and Gary Gillmor of Gillmor & Associates, respectively - have a lot in common.
With a Master's in business from Santa Clara University and a B.S. in engineering from the University of Nebraska, Fargher worked as an aerospace engineer at Westinghouse - Polaris Missile project - and UTC - Titan III Rocket Motor Program - before making a part-time job in real estate his full-time business.
Fargher served two terms on the City Council, and was appointed mayor from 1964 to 1965 (before the office was elected).
time on the Council, he
was instrumental - often a tiebreaker - in decisions about land use, electric power, and development.
After leaving elected office, Fargher continued his service to the City, working on the Santa Clara Citizens Advisory Committee, Intercity Council, Economic Opportunity Commission and Charter Review Committee.
In 1966 he
Urban Development Intergovernmental Award.
has also active in many community groups.
A founding member of the Mission City Community Fund, he has served in leadership and fundraising for many groups, including the Santa Clara County Heart Association, El Camino Little League, County Freedom from Hunger Committee, and the Governors Committee on Hiring the Handicapped.
After losing his
wife Camille to Alzheimer's, Fargher's
energetic fundraising for the Alzheimer's Association
netted over $250,000 for research during the last 15 years.
never forgets how the personal connects with the historical, and likes to tell this story.
"I used to have renters in a house I owned in Agnews [north of 101] - John and Judy McAfee.
John developed his
anti-virus software right there in that house.
That kind of thing wouldn't have been happening in Santa Clara
north if we hadn't developed the area the way we did."
When Sun built its new campus at Agnew, Fargher remembers founder Scott McNealy noting that the computing giant got its start in Santa Clara.
"A lot of guys like that started in Santa Clara," he told the Santa Clara Weekly in a 2006 interview.