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Gainesville - Gerhard Freund, MD, Full Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Neuroscience passed away at his home in Gainesville, FL on January 3, 2014 at the age of 88. Born in Frankfurt/Main Germany, he earned his medical degree from Goethe University Medical School in Frankfurt. His medical internship was in Ottawa, Canada followed by residencies in Internal Medicine at the University of Illinois in Chicago. He then served a fellowship in Endocrinology at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He entered private practice in medicine in Chicago and joined the faculty of the College of Medicine at the University of Illinois. In 1963 he became a faculty member of the Department of Medicine of the University of Florida College of Medicine. He received a joint faculty appointment in the Department of Neuroscience in 1967. His activities included teaching, medical practice and laboratory research. Dr. Freund developed the first animal model of alcohol addiction. He was Co-Director of the University of Florida Alcohol Research Center.
Dr. Freund was a Diplomat and Fellow of the American College of Physicians and Chief of the Endocrinology Service of the Veterans Administration Medical Center. He was selected for American Men and Women of Science and Who's Who in Science and Engineering. After his retirement from clinical activities he continued his laboratory research as Professor Emeritus. He published a personal memoir about his life entitled- 'The Sun Kept Rising: Adventures of an Immigrant'.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years Marion Healy Freund, daughter Dr. Anne Freund (Mr. Gregory Bakeman) of Sonoma, CA and son Dr. Michael Freund (Dr. Cecilia Basic) of Winnipeg, Canada, and two grandchildren Amy Rubin and Christopher Freund.
Services will be held privately, and in lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to: Haven Hospice, 4200 NW 90th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32606 or The University of Florida College of Medicine, Neuroscience Department Fund (001155) by phone 1-877-351-2377 or online.
Arrangements are under the care of Milam Funeral and Cremation Services, 311 S. Main Street, Gainesville, FL 32601. (352) 376-5361.

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February 10, 2018
To Dr. Freund; You were a kind man and a brilliant scientist. The world is a lesser place without you.
- Robert Covell
Robert Covell
February 15, 2015
Dr. Freund, Gerhard, inspired me. The 12 years we spent working in brain research were some of the best days of my life. I truly am sad that I have been so late to honor so gifted a man.
Thomas Brophy III
January 29, 2015
George and Pat Barnard
January 19, 2015
Dear Mrs Freund - I worked for Dr Freund at the VA for many years - he was such a gentle soul with a great sense of humor. I particularly loved his giggle of a laugh! My sincere condolences to you and your family.
Sharren Gibbs
January 14, 2015
We are sorry for your loss. Uncle Ger was a great man.
Bob and Julie Healy
January 14, 2015
Dear Aunt Marion, Anne, and Michael,
I am so very sorry for your loss. Uncle Gerhard was a fine man, father and husband! I pray your memories and family comfort you during this time! All my love,

Marialise Healy
January 14, 2015
So many accomplishments, but one was left out. He was a good kind person and friend to all who knew him.
Marion Irey
January 13, 2015
We are so sorry to hear of Uncle Gerhard's passing. Love and peace to all. Marian,Terry, Katie and Laura Shagman
January 12, 2015
I am so sorry to hear of Dr Freund's passing. Prayers for the family on the loss of this fine man. Mrs. Freund, Mike & Anne, you will always be in my thoughts.
Nancy Mullins
January 12, 2015
Marion, I am saddened to read of Gerhard's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. You two enjoyed a full life together, and I cherish the stories you shared with me of your adventures in far away places. May those memories comfort you.
January 12, 2015
Dr. Freund was one of my favorite people. I edited his manuscripts for several decades, and we always had a wonderful time sharing ideas and experiences. I was awed to learn the story of his early life when he published his memoir, and I cherish the copy he gave me.
I remember one time when Dr. Freund had a black eye, which, when asked, he said he received while jumping on the bed with a grandchild. A fortunate grandchild, indeed.
Janet Wootten
January 12, 2015
Dr. Freund was one of my favorite people. He had the most wonderful attitude towards life and a great sense of humor. I edited his professional work for several decades, and we always had a great time exchanging ideas and stories. I was awed by the story of his early life that he was kind enough to share with me when he published his memoir.
I remember once when he came in with a black eye, which, he explained when queried, he received while jumping on the bed with a grandchild. A fortunate grandchild, indeed.
Janet Wootten
January 12, 2015
We are so sorry to hear about Gerhard's passing.
Doris and Paul Hargrave
January 11, 2015
Corrine and Adrian Cornaro
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