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Justus Howard Georg Freimund ’58

Justus Howard Georg Freimund ’58, June 10, 2010, in Bellingham, Washington. Justus was a strong advocate of public service and social justice, who identified his intent to work in criminal and communal justice while at Reed. He left the college after three years, and completed a BA in psychology and an MSW at Portland State University. During his career, he developed programs for juvenile and adult corrections and held positions with the National Council on Crime and Delinquency and the Washington State Department of Corrections. News of his death came from his wife of 52 years, Joann Schwichtenberg Freimund ’58. “Since we met at Reed in our freshman year, Reed is significant in our lives,” she wrote. The couple raised two sons and two daughters, and had four grandsons. From his public obituary, we share this tribute: “Justus was a successful man if success is defined as one who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much; who has enjoyed the trust of women and the respect of intelligent men; who left the world better than he found it—whether by an improved argument, a perfect recipe, or a rescued soil; who never lacked appreciation for Earth's beauty or failed to express it; who always looked for the best in others and gave them the best that he had; whose life was an inspiration; and whose memory is a benediction. He has filled his niche and accomplished his task.”

Appeared in Reed magazine: March 2011

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