NEWPORT NEWS - Franklin D. Freda, 93, passed away August 9, 2014. He was born in Newark, NJ on March 7, 1921. Franklin graduated from Seton Hall University with a B.S. degree in 1941, and went on to receive his M.D. degree in 1944 from Georgetown Medical School. He served in WWII as a Lt. in the Marine Corps in the Army of US, with service as a physician in the Asiatic-Pacific from 1944-1947. In 1951 Dr. Freda suspended his Pediatric practice in Hampton to re-enlist as a Captain in the U.S.A.F. during the Korean War. He returned to the practice in Hampton in 1953, and went on to retire in 1982. Dr. Freda was born again on October 4, 1964. During his retirement years, Dr. Freda authored two inspirational books called "How to Travel the Journey to Eternity" and "God's Golden Nuggets". He enjoyed giving doctrinal devotional discussions at the Hidenwood Presbyterian Church. His favorite theme was "We Must All Find Jesus Before Death Finds Us". Dr. Freda was past president of the Peninsula Academy of Medicine and served as Chief of Pediatrics at both Hampton General Hospital and Mary Immaculate Hospital. He was a consultant Pediatrician at Fort Eustis and Fort Monroe. Dr. Freda was also a member of the Hampton Exchange Club and was on the medical advisory staff for the Association of Retarded Citizens for the Sarah Bonwell Hudgins Foundation. He was also Emeritus member of the Virginia Medical Society and Emeritus member of the Academy of Pediatrics. He is survived by his wife Gloria; children Franklin Freda, Carol Haltiner, and Cindy Hunsecker; 6 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; and sister Norma Bernardi. A private service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Benevolent Fund at the Chesapeake Retirement Home, 955 Harpersville Rd. Newport News, VA 23601. Riverside-Altmeyer Funeral Home is assisting the family.
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Published in Daily Press on Aug. 11, 2014