Josephine Stout Freeburg

  • "Jo and Charles were a gift to Lubbock. Jo helped many, many..."
    - Richard Crider
  • " I was saddened to hear of Jo's passing. She and Bill..."
    - John Worsham, Ph.D.
  • "Wendy and Eric: I knew Jo had been ill for sometime,..."
    - Chuck Keller
  • "Eric, you know how I felt about Jo! She was amazing. I..."
    - Virginia Downs
  • "She was an amazing person. It was an honor to know her and..."
    - Neriman Guven

Josephine Stout Freeburg PELHAM, N.Y.-Josephine Stout Freeburg, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, friend, and psychologist, passed away on Feb. 22, 2014, at the age of 95. She was born in 1918 in York, Pa., to Abe and Sophie Singerman, the fourth of five children. Growing up, Jo was an excellent student, consistently placing at the top of her class, and was also a talented dancer, winning many local jitterbug contests. Jo moved to New York City to attend New York University and worked part-time as a stenographer to finance her college education. She met and socialized with several literary luminaries of the time, and graduated from college summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Then, while working and raising a daughter, she obtained her PhD in psychology foam Yeshiva University. She worked at Bellevue, the Karen Horney Clinic, and in private practice while in New York. In 1969 she moved to Lubbock, Texas, with her husband, William H. Stout Jr., PhD, where they were both in private practice and supervised at Texas Tech University. During her time in Lubbock, she was awarded a lifetime achievement award by the Texas Psychological Association. Several years following Bill's death, she married Charles R. Freeburg, an architect and former football player. After Jo retired at age 79, they moved to West Chester, Pa., where she continued to enjoy travel to Europe, dancing, antiquing, yoga, tennis, dancercise, and crossword puzzles. Subsequently, she and Charles moved to the New York City suburbs to be near her daughter. Jo was predeceased by her siblings, Sol Singerman, Clair Singerman, Rosalie Keller, and Sylvia Siegel; and by her husbands, William H. Stout Jr., PhD, and Charles R. Freeburg. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Drs. Wendy and Michael Irwin; her grandchildren, Ashley and Tyler Thompson; her stepson, Eric Freeburg, his wife Sonia and daughter Angelica; and many nieces and nephews. Josephine Stout Freeburg was a remarkable woman and pioneer; she pursued an advanced degree at a time when this was a rarity for women, and possessed a unique combination of fierce independence, warmth, quick wit, style, and tremendous intelligence. She is sorely missed by her family, friends, and former patients. A celebration of her life will be held in Pelham, N.Y. on April 19.

Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Apr. 6, 2014
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