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Posted: Wednesday, May 22, 2019 4:10 pm

Former Gov. Frank Farrar, at 90, lights up the latest South Dakota Magazine. And for good reason. Though the article gives him a "gold medal for modesty," there is nothing modest about his accomplishments.

Physically, his 36 Ironman races, with a "nailed-together" knee, defies his commentary, "I'm not much of an athlete: more of a plug horse!" Swimming next to him in a couple of Senior Games events, I can testify that he left me in the dust.

Not mentioned in the article, his greatest "un-sung hero" award, in my book, is what he did in his brief two-year tenure as governor, 1969-71. Frank initiated an insurance and retirement program for us college employees. Today, managed in state, it's the best program in the nation, thanks to the expertise of, first, Steve Meyers, and now Matt Clark. Such success is not accidental.

Yes, Frank Farrar has done well in life. But if you dig deeper, you'll find out that his first motive was to do good, like rescuing local S&Ls in the 1980s, reviving Sun Country after 9-11, endowing schools with business courses and much more he won't mention.

Yes, Frank Farrar belongs in the Hall of Fame. As attorney general for six years, he never lost a case but gave all the credit to the good lawyers he hired. All universities, especially business schools, should tap into his wisdom gained from more than a half-century of ethical entrepreneurship.

Gerald Lange

Madison, May 20