1963-1975 Robert McFarland

1963-1975 Robert Enos McFarland

Robert McFarlandAnchorage

Robert Enos McFarland was born May 23, 1911 in Republic, Washington. He had spent some of his earlier years at his father's gold mine in British Yukon and Alaska. at age 7, he moved to Kirkland, Washington, and graduated from Renton High School. He attended the University of Washington from 1929-1930.

Mr. McFarland was the youngest business agent for the Laborers Local 440 in Seattle from 1936-1946, then went to work for the state of Washington as a safety inspector for the Department of Labor.

He moved to Anchorage in 1949 and become secretary-treasurer for Alaska Laborers Local 341 from 1949-1970. He was the president of the Alaska Federation of Labor from 1950-1966 and served on numerous boards.

In 1963 Robert McFarland was appointed to Board of Regents succeeding Lucy Cuddy. He was elected president of the Board in 1973 until 1975. Mr. McFarland resigned from the Board in 1975. Conrad Frank was appointed to take his place on the Board. In 1977 he recieved, from the University of Alaska, an honorary degree.

On April 10, 2000, Robert Enos McFarland died at Franciscan Health Care Center in Bothell, Washington. He was 88.

Robert McFarland accepting Resolution of Appreciation, May 1, 1976. Photo: BOR file

Robert McFarland accepting his honorary degree in 1977. Photo: BOR file

Robert McFarland is also mentioned in this article

Honorary Degrees


Board of Regents Resolution of Appreciation to Robert E. McFarland

Labor has Interest in Education by Lael Morgan, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, November 11, 1967

McFarland Resignation by Cynthia Rieben, UAA News Service, September 22, 1975


BOR file