Amherst Magazine
Edward M. Freeman '43


Edward Freeman passed away on May 1, 2007, due to a head injury.

While in college, he was a member of ROTC, Phi Beta Kappa, and DKE fraternity.  He joined the US Air Force during WWII and was stationed in California.  He met his wife, Priscilla Crosby, there, and they were married in 1946.
 
After the war, he enrolled at Harvard Univ. to pursue a graduate degree in history.  He was persuaded to join the newly formed Central Intelligence Agency by his faculty advisor, Arthur Schlesinger Jr., the historian and later advisor to President Kennedy.  He and his family moved to Washington, DC, where he worked as a CIA intelligence analyst for three years.

He then moved his family to Lake Bluff, IL, where he landed a job with the Leo Burnett advertising agency in 1954.  He enjoyed a long and productive career in marketing research, handling some of the agency’s largest clients such as Keebler, Marlboro, 3M, and Dow Chemicals.

His family grew to five children—Hilary, Charles, Peter ’74, Sarah, and Andrew.  In Lake Bluff, he founded the Lake Bluff Yacht Club, served as its commodore, and competed actively in local and national sailing regattas, enjoying frequent successes.  He continued a love of the sea in retirement, taking frequent cruises with his wife to many exotic locales, including Antarctica, the Amazon, north Africa, the South Pacific, and Turkey.  

He instilled in all of his children a lifelong love of learning.  Later in his life, Ed taught English as a second language and helped students earn a GED certificate, one of many ways he gave back to the community.  He was active in the Lake Forest Church of the Holy Spirit, serving on the vestry and leading the Old Dogs, a men’s discussion group.

His extended family would regularly meet for shared vacations; “family vacation” was NOT an oxymoron for the Freemans.  Nothing gave them greater pleasure than hanging out together and discussing how to solve all the world’s problems.  Ed had many good ideas and a strong sense of justice.

He is survived by his wife, Priscilla; five children; and six grandchildren.  We all miss him very much.

—Peter Freeman ’74

 

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