Dr. Alan E. Freeland
Brandon - Dr. Alan E. Freeland passed away on June 6, 2018 surrounded by love. He was a highly acclaimed and world renowned hand surgeon who practiced at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) for nearly 40 years. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 1961 and was a member of the Alpha Epsilon Delta Honorary Premedical Society. ln addition to his academic success, he played on three conference championship football teams and on the 1959 National Championship Lacrosse Team. He earned his M.D. from the George Washington University School of Medicine and was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Dr. Freeland founded the UMMC post graduate Hand Surgery Fellowship Program in 1991 and directed it for 13 years. He authored numerous articles, book chapters, and two authoritative books on the treatment of hand and wrist injuries using miniature implants. He chaired and/or was a leading faculty member on national and international hand trauma courses and a highly sought "Visiting Professor" throughout his career. He won the American Association for Hand Surgery (AAHS) National Teacher/Clinician of the Year in 1997. He was President of the AAHS in 2002. Dr. Freeland received hand surgery's highest honor when he was elected as a "Pioneer in Hand Surgery" by the International Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand in 2013. UMMC funded the Alan E. Freeland, M.D., Chair of Orthopedic Hand Surgery in his name in 2014. He was recognized as a "Distinguished Alumnus of Johns Hopkins University" in 2014. He served on the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors from 2002 to 2015.
He leaves (temporarily) his beloved wife, equal partner, and soulmate, Janis Foerschl Freeland, four wonderful children, Matt, Jennifer, Rebecca, and Michael, and four splendid grandchildren, Carson and Connor Freeland and Parker and Everleigh Schiffbauer. He also leaves his cherished daughter-in-law, Melanie King Freeland and accomplished son-in-law James Schiffbauer. He took great joy and pride in each and every member of his immediate and extended family. His family, friends, colleagues, and patients will miss him as he will miss them. He was very grateful to each of them. They enriched his life.
After completing his tour of duty on this earth, he is not sure where he will be reassigned as he crosses the bar from the bay of life into the great ocean of the world beyond. Rest assured that he will be preparing his next duty assignment for the best accommodations possible for his family as they rejoin him for the continuation of their shared destiny. Save your sympathy and memorial contributions for a fine bottle of wine and toast Dr. Freeland for a life well lived and toward whatever the future may bring.
The family will receive friends Sunday, June 10, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Wright & Ferguson Funeral Home in Flowood. A funeral mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, June 11, 2018 at St. Paul Catholic Church in Flowood. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service.
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