Robert A. “Bob” Farmer, a retired Lucent Technology industrial engineer who was interested in land-use planning, died March 21 from pancreatic cancer at his Bel Air home. He was 81.
Robert Arthur Farmer was the son of Fred Farmer, a building engineer, and Elizabeth Watson Howard Farmer, a registered nurse.
He was born in Plainfield, N.J., and raised in nearby Cranford, N.J. He graduated from high school there, then served with the Army Signal Corps where he had studied ordnance and electronics, at Fort Dix, N.J., Fort Monmouth, N.J., and at the Redstone Arsenal in Alabama.
After being discharged, he enrolled at Union Junior College in Cranford, where he studied from 1955...