Norman Freed memorial celebration set for June 12

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- A celebration of the life of Norman Freed and his contributions to Penn State will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, June 12, at the Hintz Family Alumni Center. Light refreshments will be served. If you plan to attend, notify Chris Moyer (814-865-9591) by Monday, June 2.

Norman Freed (1936-2014) joined the Penn State faculty in the Department of Physics in 1965, was named associate dean of Penn State's Eberly College of Science in 1979 and served in that position until he retired in 2011. During his career, he published more than 65 scientific papers and gave lectures in 23 countries. Throughout his 46 years in the Eberly College of Science, he played a major role in many of the college's flagship programs.

Among his many outstanding accomplishments is the creation of the Penn State Forensic Science Program in 2005. Another of his innovations is a program for undergraduate study abroad, which he began 25 years ago. Thanks to this program, Penn State Eberly College of Science students now have a number of options for exchange relationships with seven British universities; the University of Marburg, Germany; the University of Strasbourg, France; the National University of Singapore; and Wellington University in New Zealand.

Freed also was instrumental in developing many other initiatives in the college, including the Academic Advising Center, the Cooperative Education Program and the Penn State Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Certificate Program. He also was a key player in developing and promoting Penn State's online education program and other outreach initiatives. He served for many years as a member of the Joint Selection Committee of the Penn State-Jefferson Premedical-Medical Program, an accelerated B.S./M.D. course of study. To date, dual degrees from Penn State and Jefferson Medical College have been conferred on more than 1,000 graduates of this innovative and highly successful joint program.

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Last Updated May 27, 2014