Mark S. Farnham
Mark S. Farnham
Hometown: Andover, MA
Team: Lacrosse

Mark S. Farnham '80
Sport Inducted: Lacrosse
Hometown: Andover, MA
Year Inducted: 1986
Other Sports Played: Football

Perhaps it is telling that when fellow Hall of Fame inductee Ted Barrows was asked to remember highlights of his athletic career at Brown, he talked about his teammate, defenseman Mark Farnham. "I remember watching Mark thoroughly embarrass Mike Buzzell of Navy - a first team All-American and Attackman of the Year - during the North-South All-Star game," Barrows said. "Buzzell only got one assist, on a broken play." That performance earned Farnham Most Valuable Player honors at the conclusion of the annual all-star game. Farnham, a member of a dynastic family of athletes (his brother Bob '77 preceded him into the Hall of Fame several Years ago), was one of those rare students who excelled at two sports, in this case lacrosse and football. He led the Bruin football team in receptions for three straight years, and made both All-Ivy (1979) and All-ECAC (1978) in that sport. But he went even farther in lacrosse, finishing his career not only as the North-South MVP but also as a second team All-American for the second year. In addition, Farnham was Brown's Most Valuable Player of the Year in 1979 and 1980 - a star-studded time for the sport at Brown. He was voted Ivy League Player of the Year in 1979, and made first team All-Ivy and All-New England in his junior and senior years. After graduation, Farnham continued to play lacrosse as a member of the Brine Lacrosse Club in 1981 and 1982. He was a member of the United States team in the World Cup games in 1982, as an alternate. Farnham lives with his wife and daughter in Andover, Massachusetts, and is president of Sparky Sports, Inc., which operates two sporting-goods stores in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.