Douglas Farmer

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Douglas Farmer
Douglas Farmer.png
Portrait of Farmer from 1938 Michiganensian
Date of birth (1916-01-22)January 22, 1916
Date of death March 29, 1977(1977-03-29) (aged 61)
Place of death New Haven, Connecticut
Career information
Position(s) Quarterback
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 182 lb (83 kg)
College University of Michigan, Harvard Medical School
High school Hinsdale Central High School, Hinsdale, Illinois
Career history
As player
1935–1937 Michigan

Douglas Alexander Farmer (January 22, 1916 – March 29, 1977) was an American football player, medical doctor, and professor of medicine. He was a quarterback for the University of Michigan football team, attended Harvard Medical School, and later served as a professor of medicine at the Yale School of Medicine and as chief of the department of surgery at the Yale – New Haven Hospital.

University of Michigan[edit]

Farmer attended the University of Michigan and received his undergraduate degree there in 1938.[1] He played college football at Michigan from 1935 to 1937 and was the starting quarterback of the 1937 Michigan Wolverines football team.[2] While at Michigan, he was also a member and president of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity, president of the senior class (Class of 1938), and a member of the Sphinx and Michigamua. A profile of farmer in the 1938 University of Michigan yearbook described Farmer as follows:

"Known by his fraternity brothers as 'Wife Beater,' by his friends as the 'Blooming Tory, and by practically ever woman on the campus as 'The Cutest Thing,' Doug Farmer is the man who called those forward passes on his own two-yard line last fall. ... Farmer is a very versatile guy. Intelligent, too. From something known as Hinsdale, Ill. 'Pretty Muscles' is still a cosmopolite. He walks down State Street just as if he were used to a big town."[3]

Medical career[edit]

After graduating from Michigan, Farmer attended Harvard Medical School. He became a medical doctor and professor of medicine at Boston University and Yale University. He was also the chief of the department of surgery at the Yale – New Haven Hospital. He lived in Madison, Connecticut in his later years. He died in March 1977 at the Hospital of St. Raphael in New Haven, Connecticut.[4][5]


  1. ^ 1948 Michiganensian, p. 49.
  2. ^ "1937 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. 
  3. ^ 1938 Michiganensian, p. 406.
  4. ^ "Dr. Douglas Farmer New Haven surgeon, at 60". Boston Globe. March 30, 1977. 
  5. ^ Connecticut Department of Health. Connecticut Death Index, 1949-2001 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2003. Original data: Connecticut Department of Health. Connecticut Death Index, 1949-2001. Hartford, CT, USA: Connecticut Department of Health.