Through a long and incredibly productive life, Isabelle Farrington has defied expectations and defined a distinctive role for herself. Reared in then-rural Brewster, New York, she was educated in a one-room schoolhouse. She paid her way through Danbury State Teachers College – now Western Connecticut State University – by working several jobs and graduated in just three years. She began her classroom career as an elementary school teacher in Milford, Connecticut.
After her marriage to Harold P. Farrington, Mrs. Farrington pursued art history and painting at Columbia University and became a ranked tennis player in the 1950s. As an assistant to her husband, she developed her skills in finance and became a vice president and director of gas companies in West Virginia and Louisiana. Following Harold’s death in 1964, she served as chairman of both companies until 1973 when she retired.
Mrs. Farrington’s wide range of interests is reflected in her many charitable endeavors. She has established several scholarships, including a particularly important one at Sacred Heart University. Long active in organizations ranging from the University Foundation of Western Connecticut and the Salvation Army to the Pope John Paul II Center for Health Care and Danbury Hospital, she continues to bless the community with her presence and her generosity. She was honored by Pope John Paul II with the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice award and is a Commander of the Knights and Ladies of the Holy Sepulchre.
In May 1997, Sacred Heart University honored its longtime friend , Mrs. Isabelle Farrington, with a Doctor of Humane Letters degree, honoris causa and in November 2007, dedicated its College of Education in her honor.