Carolyn Farb

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Carolyn Farb is philanthropist, fundraiser and art collector. She has raised more than 35 million dollars for numerous charitable causes.[1][2] Farb is a resident of River Oaks, a neighborhood in Houston, Texas.[3]


As a young adult, Farb volunteered at the Texas Children's Hospital, working in the snack bar.[4] She studied journalism at the University of Oklahoma.[4] Farb was initially known for her marriage and subsequent divorce from the wealthy "real estate king", Harold Farb, but starting the early 80s, became better known for her parties and fundraisers that benefit various causes.[5] Carolyn Farb and Harold Farb were divorced in 1983 a suit that was reported to cost $20 million.[6]

Farb raised more than 1 million dollars for cancer research for the Stehlin Foundation with a single gala (she is the first woman and first Texan to raise a million dollars in a single gala), helped to raise more than $3 million in one campaign for the University of Houston, and worked with other notable Houston celebrities to raise more than half a million dollars for tsunami relief.[7][8]

Farb has also been active in working to promote the art of painter Dorothy Hood.[9] She began to be interested in Hood's work in the mid-80s and helped raise money to produce the documentary, "Dorothy Hood: The Color of Life".[9]

Farb received an honorary Doctorate in Humanities from Northwood University in 2003.[10]

She published her first children's book, Lucas Comes to America, in the summer of 2011.[11]


  1. ^ Carolyn Farb Papers, 1955-2002
  2. ^ Leading Scientist in Neurofibromatosis-Related Cancer to be Featured in Carolyn Farb Endowed Lecture - M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
  3. ^ "High Society in Houston Archived September 28, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.", American Public Media
  4. ^ a b "Carolyn Farb Papers, 1955-2002". Texas Archival Resources Online. University of Houston. Retrieved 18 December 2015. 
  5. ^ Hollandsworth, Skip (October 1996). "Absolutely Farbulous". Texas Monthly. Retrieved 18 December 2015. 
  6. ^ Murphy, Kate (27 August 2000). "Reclimbing the Real Estate Charts". The New York times. Retrieved 18 December 2015. 
  7. ^ Dr. Carolyn Farb Bio.
  8. ^ Carolyn Farb: First Lady of Philanthropy. | Society, Social Assistance & Lifestyle > Philanthropy from
  9. ^ a b Gray, Lisa (22 February 2013). "22 February 2013". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 18 December 2015. 
  10. ^ Harris County Hospital District Bio of Carolyn Farb Archived October 29, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ Farb, Carolyn (2011-05-15). Lucas Comes to America. AuthorHouse. ISBN 9781456745417. 

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