Dr. Emmett Nicholas McFarland, passed away peacefully in Tijuana, Mexico on October 8, 2022. Emmett was born near Latham, Missouri on February 28, 1931, the youngest of nine children born to Frederick and Pearl (Scott) McFarland. After graduating from California High School in 1949, Emmett earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Central Missouri (formerly CMSU) in 1955, where he was also inducted into the Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity, Beta Kappa Chapter in 1953, and Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity in 1954. Emmett continued his education and earned his Master of Science Degree from the Southern Illinois University in 1963 and his Doctor of Education from Oklahoma State University in 1972. Emmett entered the army in August of 1955, and completed basic training at Fort Leonard Wood. Soon after, he was stationed in Germany from 1955-1957, as a Private Secretary for The Commanding General with the United States Army. During this time, he was commended by Brigadier General for outstanding record achieved as a student in Clerical School. Emmett earned high honors and was the top student in his class. From 1958-1963, he taught as a High School Teacher at Riverview Gardens High School. He continued to teach from 1963-1965, as an Assistant Professor at Florissant Valley Community College in St. Louis. He finished his career teaching at his alma mater as a Professor of Office Administration from 1966-1990. After retirement in May of 1990, he moved to Southern California. In 2016, at the age of 85, Emmett moved to Rosarito Beach, Mexico where he lived his remaining years exactly how he had planned. Emmett devoted his life to education, and the pursuit of high learning, not only for himself, but for every student he taught. He pursued the beauty of this world and all it had to offer. He enjoyed walks every day, the ocean, and the people he encountered over the years. As sole surviving siblings since 1980, he and his sister, Alma Belle Chambers remained extremely close until her death in 2018. Emmett is survived by many nieces and nephews and his close friends the Loza-Diaz family. Emmett was cremated and his ashes were spread over the ocean.
Published March 15, 2023