Catherine Moore Freed (1925-2016): First lady at colleges in Ohio aided many

Freed obit phot ADA, Ohio — Catherine Moore Freed, who served as “first lady” at several Ohio institutions, including 20 years at Ohio Northern University, died Friday in her home in Ada. She was 90. Mrs. Freed had developed a growth in her throat that prohibited her from swallowing, her husband, DeBow, Freed said. Born Dec. 27, 1925, in Omaha, the daughter of an Army medical officer, she spent time in Texas, California, Pennsylvania, Panama, and Hawaii. While her father was stationed at Camp Pickett in Virginia, she met Mr. Freed in 1948, a young lieutenant and West Point graduate. They married in 1949. The couple left the military after several years and Mr. Freed began a more than three-decade long career leading private, religious colleges and universities. He would serve as dean at Mount Union College, and as president of Monmouth College, the University of Findlay, and he led Ohio Northern University from 1979 to 1999. Mrs. Freed embraced and excelled as “first lady” of the campuses, leading Bible study groups, advocating for the fine arts, and immersing herself among students. She learned their names...

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