Obituary: Grant Farmer, 36, postdoctoral research associate​

Grant W. Farmer, PhD, a postdoctoral research associate at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and an adjunct professor at Saint Louis University, died unexpectedly April 7, 2015, at his home in Richmond Heights. He was 36.


An active researcher and mentor, Farmer received funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study tobacco use and cardiovascular disease in gay and bisexual men. His other research interests included substance use and chronic illness, and disease prevention and management.

He also was an instructor in the Master of Population Health Sciences Program at the School of Medicine.

Farmer earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Truman State University; a master’s of public health in epidemiology from Saint Louis University; a master’s in social psychology from the University of Connecticut; and a doctoral degree in public health studies-epidemiology from Saint Louis University.

He is survived by his spouse, Daniel Mertens; parents, Clyde and Jeannine Farmer, of Jefferson City, Mo.; brother, Sean (Jessica); nieces and a nephew.

A memorial service was held April 11 at First United Methodist Church in Jefferson City.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Human Rights Campaign or to a charity of one’s choice.​​​