Harold W. Freeman Retired from teaching


A memorial service for Harold W. Freeman, a retired Baltimore County physical education teacher, will be held at 6:30 p.m. today at St. John's United Methodist Church, 216 W. Seminary Ave. in Lutherville.

Mr. Freeman, who was 71, died Thursday of cancer at his home on Cavan Drive in Lutherville.

Known as Hap, he retired in 1982 as a physical education teacher at the Padonia Elementary School after 20 years in the Baltimore County school system.

For nine years before that he was an assistant professor of physical education at the University of Maryland at College Park.

While at Maryland, he became commissioner of a Washington-area soccer program and in 1960 and 1964 was a member of the selection committee of the Olympic weightlifting team.

Born in Orwigsburg, Pa., he was a 1942 graduate of Pennsylvania State University and earned a master's degree at New York University.

He served in the Navy during World War II.

Mr. Freeman was captain of a soccer team at Pennsylvania State University that won 64 straight games

He sang baritone in church choirs and had a part-time business of painting signs.

Mr. Freeman is survived by his wife, the former Mary Downie; four sons, John William Freeman of Cape St. Claire, Michael Geoffrey Freeman of Lisbon, Andrew William Freeman of Mesa, Ariz., and Geoffrey Ian Freeman of Lutherville; two daughters, Heather A. Denmyer of Delta, Pa., and Holly J. Freeman of Lutherville; and eight grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.

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