Michael John Farrell was born on February, 19, 1937 in Peoria, Illinois. He attended the University of Illinois and graduated
with a B.S. degree in 1960. Between 1960 and 1969, he worked at U.S. Steel Corporation as a Commercial Representative. In
1969, Farrell began his tenure with the federal government.
Farrell was hired as a White House Visitors Office Staff Assistant to President Richard Nixon. He held the position during
the years 1969-1971. He then became Special Assistant to the President in the same office until Nixon’s resignation in August
1974. Farrell stayed on as Director of the White House Visitors Office under President Gerald Ford until 1977. Following his
time as a White House staffer, Farrell returned to the private sector. By 1991, he was an administrator at Wheelabrator Technologies,
Inc. in Exeter, New Hampshire.
In April 1991, Education Secretary, Lamar Alexander, appointed Farrell Deputy Assistant Secretary for Student Financial Aid.
Farrell also served as Interim Assistant Secretary for Post-Secondary Education but he remained with the Education Department
for less than a year before resigning in November 1991.
Michael Farrell died on May 11, 1999 in San Francisco, California.
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