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Married in May of 1948, Aubrey and Sylvia Farb are influential members of the Houston Jewish Community, making their mark by volunteering with politics, the arts, and the homeless. The Aubrey and Sylvia Farb Community Service Fund they created at Congregation Emanu El is still very active today. After marrying, they settled in Houston, and have 4 daughters, and 6 grandchildren.
A native of Sea Point South Africa, Sylvia Farb was born on April 25, 1926. After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin, she moved to Houston, where she met her future husband playing bridge, a mutual hobby. She spent much of her life as a stay-at-home mother, volunteering in her free time.
Born September 1, 1922, Aubrey Farb moved from his hometown in Galveston to attend the Rice Institute (now Rice University) in Houston. During his school days, he was involved with the Menorah Society (a predecessor to Hillel) and served as a representative to the Student Religious Council. During the war, he was chosen to attend Japanese Language School, becoming a Japanese interrogation Officer, before returning to receive his Master’s Degree from Columbia University. Farb then found work as a CPA, a profession which he wrote and lectured extensively about in his lifetime.
In addition, Aubrey was a managing partner of the Houston office of the international accounting firm of Alexander Grant, a Director of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants and Vice-President of its Houston chapter, and a National President of the Phi Beta Kappa Alumni. He also served as a member of the Auditing Task Force that assisted President Nixon’s blue ribbon committee that studied the finances of the Defense Department. He has been a professor at the University of Houston and Rice University, the latter school for which he underwrote the Program in Jewish Studies postdoctoral Fellowship for 2014-2015.
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