Dr. David R. Freeman

David Rodger Freeman, 79, of Bridgton passed away Friday, April 29, 2011 at his home.

He was born July 1, 1931, in Norfolk, Mass., the son of Alvin James and Elinor Ferris Freeman. David was educated as an industrial engineer at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (BS), Northeastern University (MS) and received his doctorate degree from Stanford University.

He began his career at Alcoa and then Allegheny Ludlum Steel Company in N.Y. In January 1957, he began his life-long career as a college educator at Northeastern University, in Boston, Mass., retiring in 1993 as associate dean and director of Graduate Engineering.

Dave is remembered as a loving and ever-present husband, father and grandfather. He was passionate about the Red Sox, Scouting and camping. He was actively involved in his churches — singing in the choir and serving as a church trustee, and event volunteer; as well as serving for Meals on Wheels, the Historical Society and the Chamber of Commerce.

He is survived by his loving wife, Elsa, of 57 years; his five children, Mark, Sue, Curt, Jane and Julie; and his 13 grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, at the First Congregational Church, 33 South High Street, Bridgton.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The Building Fund at First Congregational Church UCC, P.O. Box 243, Bridgton ME 04009 or to the Freeman Engineering Scholarship (to assist future young engineers), c/o Professor Susan Freeman, MIE Department, 334 Snell Engineering, Northeastern University, Boston, MA 02115.

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