Freed, Dean Winslow
Philanthropist and businessman Dean Freed died at home on April 8, 2013. He was 89. Born May 24, 1923 in Oakland, California, Dean was the only child of Bayard and Lydia Fogg Freed. An ardent patron and trustee of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Freed served as site liaison for the construction of Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, beginning with architect selection in 1989 through its inaugural concert in 1994. He was also a benefactor and overseer of Boston Ballet, Boston Lyric Opera, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, New England Aquarium, WGBH, Emerson Hospital, and Swarthmore College. Mr. Freed's career was distinguished by extraordinary intellect, vision, and acuity. His resumé traced the technology curve from vacuum tubes at Sylvania Electric Products to leading-edge instruments and applications at EG&G, Inc. of Wellesley, from which he retired as Chairman and CEO in 1987. He served as director of several high-tech and energy-related businesses, and as president of the World Affairs Council of Boston. Mr. Freed held engineering degrees from Swarthmore College and Purdue University. He greeted the ski season with zeal, and traveled widely beyond the slopes to expand on his knowledge of history, arts, and world cultures. Mr. Freed is survived by his cherished wife of 64 years, Patrice Cain Freed; his daughters, Carol Freed Bruml (William) of Cleveland, and Kathryn Freed Simpson (Lee) of Wooster, Ohio; and granddaughters, Deborah and Sarah Bruml.

Published in The Boston Globe on Apr. 28, 2013