March 16, 2012

Jeanette Grider

Raymond William Freese, Ph.D., 1934-2012

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Raymond William Freese, Ph.D., professor emeritus and former chair of the Department of Mathematics, passed away Sunday, March 11. He was 77.

Dr. Freese earned undergraduate degrees in agriculture and education from the University of Missouri as well as a Masters and Ph.D. in mathematics in 1958 and 1961, respectively.

Raymond William Freese, Ph.D.

Following graduation, Dr. Freeze joined the SLU faculty in 1961 as an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics. During his life-long career at the University, he was named full professor in 1967 and also served more than 15 years as chair of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.

Known for his love of teaching Basic Algebra to incoming freshmen, Dr. Freese' commitment to students also was evidenced through his mentoring 19 graduate students through the completion of their doctoral degrees.

Stephen Dina, Ph.D., Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, said Dr. Freese was an outstanding teacher, mentor and co-worker.

"Ray enjoyed life, his students and appreciated his colleagues," Dina said. "I was privileged to work with him."

"What I remember is that everyone liked him. Not only was he a hard-working faculty member, great colleague and excellent department chair, he had a fun-loving spirit."

Dr. Freese is survived by his wife of 55 years, Celia; sons Carl-Hermann Freese (Elaine); William Charles Freese (Kathy Flower) and Timothy Carl Alverson Freese (Cindy Alverson); grand- children Thor and Raven Freese, Kyle and Shannon Freese; and Kirstin Alverson, Jessica and Joshuah Alverson Freese, s well as a sister, Mabel Busdieker; and  numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held Thursday, March 15, at Pitman Funeral Home in Wentzville, Mo. , Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 16, at St. John's United Church of Christ, in Cappeln, Mo.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials in honor of Raymond to be sent to the Eden Seminary-Scholarship Fund, St. John's United Church of Christ, and Emmaus Homes in Marthasville.

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