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Goshen couple gives $1 million to community for medical education scholarships

The Goshen Hospital and health Care Foundation received funds to create scholarships for aspiring medical professionals. 

Posted on March 10, 2014 at 4:29 p.m.

GOSHEN — The Goshen Hospital and Health Care Foundation received a gift that could help medical students financially.

The foundation announced Monday, March 10, that it has accepted a $1 million gift from the Ned and Agda Farber estate. The gift will help local students enter medical fields in hopes they will return to the area and fill primary care, physical therapy and other specialty medical field positions.

The Farbers were Goshen High School alumni and married in 1945. Other than the two years Ned Farber served in the U.S. military during the Korean War, the couple lived their entire lives in the Goshen area.

Ned Farber worked for the U.S. Postal Service. Agda Farber worked at First Federal Savings & Loan, and later at Tower Savings & Loan. They were members of First Methodist Church and were active in their philanthropic efforts in the community.

"We are very pleased to accept this generous gift from the estate of the late Ned and Agda Farber on behalf of every man, woman and child in the greater Goshen community," Lynette Mischel, executive director and CEO of the Goshen Hospital & Health Care Foundation said in a statement. "The Farber Education Fund will serve as a lasting legacy to the community they loved so much."

Mischel said in the statement that the funds will be used just as Ned and Agda Farber intended, which is to assist and encourage students from Elkhart County to pursue careers in medicine.

"They lived a very humble life," Mischel said. "Their magnificent gift to the community is something they wanted to do so they could help make it a better place for everyone else — forever. It's an incredible story. We will never forget them."

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