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Colonel Robert K. Freebern 1933-2011 ARLINGTON, VT Colonel Robert K. Freebern, MD., F.A.C.P age 77, died a peaceful death at his Arlington, Vt. home surrounded by his family on October 5th after a brave battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born November 22nd, 1933 to Kenneth H and Florence E. Freebern in the city of Glens Falls New York now deceased. He was predeceased by his brother Donald J. Freebern PC of Glens Falls New York, and is survived by Donald's wife Patricia and, his two younger brothers, William M. Freebern of New Smyrna Beach Florida and Michael D. Freebern and wife Cindy Freebern of Hudson Falls New York. He is survived by his wife of 58 years Jean Freebern, RN who courageously provided hospice for Robert in the last stages of his life. He is also survived by their children; Susan D. Freebern of Arlington, Vt., her son Jeffrey M. Morton, R. Scott Freebern and his wife Lynne of Dorset, Vt., their step children Rebecca Clark and Greg Clark, and Neil K. Freebern, his wife Julie and daughter Anna L. Freebern of Arlington, Vt. Dr. Freebern was an accomplished physician who served his country throughout his entire career. He graduated Hudson Fall High School in New York and worked during his youth at Freebern Press, his father's business. Dr. Freebern went on to receive a B.S. Degree from St. Lawrence University, a M.A. with Honors from the University of New Hampshire and his M.D. from the State University of New York, Syracuse. He received post doctoral training at Los Angeles County Hospital and was the chief resident in the specialty of Medicine at Letterman General Hospital. In the early 1960's he served the United States Army as a general medical officer and in 1967 was the Chief of Medicine for the 6th Convalescent Center in VietNam, receiving the Bronze Star for service. Upon return to the states, he worked at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington DC serving as the assistant Chief of Ambulatory Care and then the Chief of Rheumatology. After a brief stint in private practice, internal medicine, he became a lecturer in Medicine and a staff physician at the Northeastern University and later took the position of Chief of Medicine at the Bedford Veterans Administration Medical Center, securing residence in the town of Concord, Massachusetts. During this time he continued to lecture as a clinical professor at Northeastern and the Boston University School of Medicine. He retired from the Northampton Veterans Administration Hospital were he served as the Assistant Chief of Staff. During his career he offered many lectures on the topics of risk management, ethics, and infection control also serving as a member of the systemic external review team for the Veterans Administration. As a member of many medical societies, Dr. Freebern's contributions to the field of Medicine include significant published studies on the effects of early and vigorous exercise on recovering from Infectious Hepatitis, the prevalence of Malaria fluorescent antibodies in Vietnam returnees with no history of Malaria, and the evolution of six day quinine therapy of Falciparum Malaria. In his retirement, since 1995, he enjoyed his family and friends and cherished his foursome at the Manchester Country Club in Manchester, Vermont where he was a member since 1996. Many of his bent and broken clubs can be found strewn about the courses of New England and New York. His final years were spent living in Arlington, Vermont in a home that housed, his wife, daughter and youngest son's family. He felt privileged to witness his grand daughter's youth up close and loved to watch his family come and go each day. Bob, as known by his friends, was an avid learner, a curious soul and a wonderful teacher who possessed a wry sense of humor that was enjoyed by most. He was a fiercely loyal friend and father who was always a source of wisdom and inspiration for all. FUNERAL NOTICE: A celebration of life for Colonel Robert K. Freebern, MD., F.A.C.P will be annnounced in a later edition. Burial with full military honors will take place at the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations in Dr. Freebern's memory may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, Vermont Veterans Home Activity Fund, or the Arlington Community House, care of Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home Arlington Chapel P.O. Box 528 Arlington, VT 05250. To send the family personal email condolences, please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, Historic Rt. 7A Arlington, VT.

Published in Bennington Banner on Oct. 6, 2011
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