Carl Fahrbach served in the U.S. Army during World War II, sustaining injuries in the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. Mr. Fahrbach earned a bachelor's in 1949 and a master's in 1950 from the Kansas State Teaching College in Emporia, Kansas. In 1959, he would earn his doctorate in the area of educational counseling and guidance. He joined Wichita State University in 1964 as assistant registrar and associate professor of education. A compassionate man, he was recognized for his "concern for the individual student, rather than the numbers," wherein he was named Dean of Admissions and Records in 1969; the first person in university history to carry this title.
In October 1970, Dr. Fahrbach was one of 32 persons killed in a plane crash, which included WSU Shocker football players, coaches, alumni, university officers and supporters. In memory of her husband, Mrs. Ruth Fahrbach established the Carl Fahrbach Memorial Graduate Assistantship in the department of counseling, education and school psychology (CESP); ensuring the leadership of Dr. Carl Fahrbach to continue.