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Freed, DeBow, 1925-


Biographical Note

DeBow Freed was born August 26, 1925, in Hendersonville, Tennessee. He received a B.S. from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1946 and served in the U.S. Army until 1969. During his last two years of service, he taught physics at West Point. In 1961 he earned an M.S. from the University of Kansas and five years later a Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico. Freed was appointed President of Monmouth College (Illinois) in 1974, and was subsequently appointed President of Ohio Northern University on September 15th, 1979.

During the Freed presidency a number of campus buildings were renovated or expanded to better support the university’s operations. At the same time, Freed also worked to add new buildings to campus, most notably including a new Center for Performing Arts (which was named in honor of Freed) and a new sports center that an indoor track and tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts among other features. At approximately the same time, Freed also worked to improve the outdoor athletic facilities, including the introduction of a two and a half mile running path which became known as the “Green Monster.”

While student enrollment declined at the beginning of Freed’s presidency, it soon stabilized and eventually grew to approximately 3,100 students. Freed resigned as Ohio Northern President in 1999.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

DeBow Freed

Identifier: 6
Collection Overview From the Collection:

This collection contains various records related to the Office of the President beginning in 1930 with the Presidency of Robert Williams. Common records found in the collection include reports, memos, inauguration records, speeches and various printed materials.

Dates: 1930-2011