Dean Winslow Freed, formerly of Acton, died at home in Duxbury, Massachusetts on Monday, April 8, 2013. He was 89. Mr. Freed was born on May 24, 1923 in Oakland, California; the only child of Bayard A. and Lydia Winslow Fogg Freed. Mr. Freeds professional career traced the technology curve from vacuum tubes at Sylvania Electric Products to leading-edge instruments and applications developed by EG&G, Inc. of Wellesley, Mass. He retired from EG&G as Chairman and CEO in 1987. As a businessman Mr. Freed was known for extraordinary integrity, intellect and acuity, foresight and drive. He held engineering degrees from Swarthmore College and Purdue University. Of special significance to Mr. Freed were his philanthropic activities in the Boston area. He served variously as trustee, director, overseer, and patron of the Boston Ballet, the Boston Lyric Opera, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Museum of Fine Arts, the New England Aquarium, Swarthmore College, Wentworth Institute of Technology, the WGBH Educational Foundation, the World Affairs Council, and Emerson Hospital; and was a deacon at Trinitarian Congregational Church of Concord, Mass. He greeted the ski season with zeal and traveled widely beyond the slopes, accruing keen connoisseurship of arts and music, languages and fine dining. Mr. Freed is survived by his cherished wife of 64 years, Patrice Cain Freed; his daughters Carol Freed Bruml (William) of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, and Kathryn Freed Simpson (Lee) of Wooster, Ohio; and two grand-daughters, Deborah and Sarah Bruml.
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Published in Duxbury Reporter from Apr. 16 to Apr. 23, 2013