Rouse S. Farnham, 95, formerly of Lauderdale, died Jan. 30. He was born in Evergreen, Ala.; attended Auburn University; received his doctorate from Ohio State and went on to teach for 35 years at the University of Minnesota, where he retired as professor emeritus in 1985. He was internationally renowned leader in mapping, classification and utilization of organic soils.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia; brother, John; and sister, Aline Nettles. He is survived by his children, Christopher, Nancy, Richard and Julie; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Hermione Hutchison and Florence Thomas.
A memorial service was held on Feb. 4 at Roseville Memorial Chapel.