FREED, Catherine Ada, Ohio. A memorial service and celebration of life for Catherine Freed will be held at 10:00 am, Thursday, March 9, in the Old Cadet Chapel at West Point, N.Y., followed by burial in the West Point National Cemetery. Catherine (Kitty) Freed passed away peacefully in the Freeds' home in Ada, Ohio on November 25, 2016. A memorial and celebration of life service for her was held in the English Chapel of Ohio Northern University on December 17, 2016. Catherine Freed was the daughter of a prominent Army physician and grew up at their family's stations in Texas, California, Pennsylvania, Panama, and Hawaii. She married DeBow Freed, a West Point graduate, and after several years of meaningful military service in the US and abroad, they chose to leave their faculty positions and lovely home at West Point to go into private church related higher education, in keeping with their commitment to long time public service. That led to her husband's deanship of Mount Union College for five years, and presidencies of Monmouth College, Ohio Northern University, and the University of Findlay, for a total of 32 years as president. She was a full partner in their higher education service, contributed greatly to success of the institutions they served, and was very active in campus and community affairs wherever they lived. She taught at the Universities of Kansas and New Mexico, and at colleges near their locations. She taught Bible study classes, conducted worship services as a visiting substitute for the regular minister in area churches, was on regional Girl Scout Councils, and worked with United Way and other service and charitable organizations. The dedication plaque of the Freed Performing Arts Center, a regional performing arts center at Ohio Northern University which is named for her, states that she, "a former faculty member and church leader brought exceptional abilities and grace to many areas of University and community life. Her quiet confidence, hard work, Christian concern and kindness, and encouragement of cooperative endeavors helped to bring faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends together to move the institution forward in remarkable ways." The institutions she and her husband served benefitted from her taste, dedication, and hard work. She led a life of service to others and is prominently included in the room which is dedicated to the Freeds at West Point and in the book West Point Leadership, Profiles of Courage, which profiles 180 West Point graduates since its founding who are characterized as having helped to shape our world. The text notes the key role and unique contributions she made in their higher education leadership and her lifetime of service to others. She is survived by her husband, DeBow Freed, in Ada, Ohio, and her sister, Elizabeth Ross, in Lake Lure, NC. The Freeds' son, DeBow II, passed away from the effects of cancer in 2014 and is buried at West Point. The family suggests no flowers or memorial contributions. A block of rooms has been set aside at the Thayer Hotel, West Point, for those who plan to attend the memorial service at West Point on March 9 and want to stay at the hotel. Reservation requests can be made by calling 800-247-5047 by February 6, and asking for one of the rooms for the Catherine Freed Memorial Service.
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