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In Memory Of 1883-1940

Dakota Territory/Spearfish Normal School

Wyoma M. (Cole) Little, Attended, Casper, Wyo. Mary E. (Brandsberg) Masek, Attended, Wisner, Neb. Doris M. (Hockridge) Nichols, Attended, Torrance, Calif. Ruth (Hamilton) Ovitz, Class of ’28, Baker, Mont. Barbara E. (Beatty) Owens, Class of ’40, ’68 & ’74, Rapid City Edythe G. (Alexander) Wood, Attended, Spearfish

1941-1963 Black Hills Teachers College

Anna L. (O’Bryan) Bear, Class of ’60, Tama, Iowa Reva M. (Hendricks) Brenneise, Class of ’61, Rapid City Bryce O. Christensen, Class of ’46, Spearfish Marjorie E. (Redding) Christiansen, Attended, St. George, Utah Amie D. (Rice) Cundy, Class of ’62, Newcastle, Wyo. Ernest “Ernie” W. Davis, Class of ’56, Rapid City Dolores H. (Shimer) Dolly, Attended, Pierre Charles “Chuck” E. Emery, Class of ’53 & ’60, Rapid City Lois L. (Lambert) Engel, Class of ’61, Rapid City Arlene Engelsgaard, Attended, Lafayette, Colo. Gordon M. Erickson, Class of ’61, Grafton, N.D. Leonard Fahrni, Class of ’55, Aiea, Hawaii Virginia (Kroeber) Foltz, Class of ’62, Cheyenne, Wyo. Lola M. (Rucker) Hall, Class of ’51, Spearfish Mary (Hanlon) Hanrahan, Class of ’43, Merritt Island, Fla. Orlene C. (Heesch) Heinbaugh, Attended, Belle Fourche Jesse R. Herrick, Class of ’54, Rapid City Lamont D. Hill, Attended, Rapid City Helen I. (Anderson) James, Class of ’54, Rapid City Gordon Kluksdahl, Class of ’50, Billings, Mont. Esther A. (Lyons) Kornemann, Attended, Miles City, Mont. Paul J. Lienau, Class of ’59, Mount Vernon, Wash.

Black Hills State University Alumni Magazine Page 16 Freeman remembered as a visionary leader

Freeman served as Black Hills State's president from 1967 to 1976.


According to historical records at the University, the Freeman administration was characterized by contrast. A man of conservative stature, Freeman was confronted with the changing social values of the 1960s. The strength of the Freeman presidency lay in his ability to govern and to find new direction in an otherwise adverse situation.

Freeman BHSU President Kay Schallenkamp noted that BHSU was fortunate

to have had Freeman serve as president for nine years. “The University community has lost a great leader who made sig- nificant contributions to the development of Black Hills State University,” Schallenkamp says.

Freeman, born and educated in Missouri, is remembered as a man who projected a presidential aura and led some major changes that have had long lasting positive influence on the development of the University. During his tenure at BHSU, he established branch campuses on the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Indian Reservations; oversaw the opening of the E.Y. Berry Library-Learning Center and a renovation project at Lyle Hare Stadium which included a running track; led a major expansion in the area of business courses; and strengthened the teacher education program.

Before coming to BHSU, Freeman was a Sergeant during World War II and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He then spent 50 years in educa- tion, beginning in a one-room rural school in Missouri. Over the years, he worked in several schools and universities throughout the Midwest as a teacher, principal, superintendent of schools, professor, director of Special Services, and an acting academic dean.

After serving at BHSU, Freeman became president of Concord

University in Athens, where he later retired. Freeman had many hobbies. He enjoyed travel, reading, music,

painting, wood sculpture, hunting, fishing, camping, and tennis. Freeman always said, “The good Lord never frowns upon anyone who takes time to go fishing." He is survived by his wife, Joyce, of Athens, four daughters and six


r. Meredith N. Freeman, 88, who served as president of Black Hills State University in the late 60s and the 70s, died Christmas Day at his home in Athens, W. Va., after a long illness.

Raymond M. Linton, Class of ’60, Powell, Wyo. Edwin “Frank” Lobach, Class of ’56, Sheridan, Wyo. Gay (Friel) Lynn, Class of ’48, Spearfish Ralph W. Lushbough, Attended, Beulah, Wyo. Henry Meier, Attended, Spearfish Madalin C. (Van Epps) Murphy, Class of ’61, Mountain Home, Idaho Paul A. Scissons, Class of ’56, Newcastle, Wyo. Earl Vopat, Class of ’41, Grangeville, Idaho Rosemary T. (Rozum) Yirka, Attended, Peralta, N.M.

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