Leon D. Freedman

April 27, 2013 

Leon D. Freedman, Professor Emeritus of chemistry at North Carolina State University, died on April 20 in Raleigh, North Carolina. He was 91 years old. The cause of death was a massive stroke followed by pneumonia.

Leon David Freedman was born on July 19, 1921 in Baltimore, Maryland. He received his BA cum laude in chemistry from Johns Hopkins University in 1941. Following service in the US Navy during World War II, he received his MA and PhD degrees from Johns Hopkins in 1947 and 1949, respectively.

Dr. Freedman moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina in 1949 as a research chemist for the US public health service. In 1961, he moved to Raleigh and joined the chemistry faculty at North Carolina State University. He published more than 120 papers in his specialty, organic chemistry.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Myrle Neistadt Freedman of Raleigh; two children, Carl Freedman of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Jean Freedman of Rockville, Maryland; two grandchildren, Rosa Freedman of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Rachel Pollock of Rockville, Maryland; and two sisters, Mollie Gottlieb of Pikesville, Maryland, and Shirley Paris of Gainesville, Florida.

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