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Professor George Freier dies at 90


Professor George D. Freier died at the age of 90 on Friday, May 13th. Private graveside services will take place at the family cemetery near Professor Freier’s boyhood home in Ellsworth, WI.

Memorials in Professor Freier's name are preferred to go to the St. Anthony Park Block Nurse Program, 2200 Hillside Ave. St. Paul, 55108.

Professor Freier received both his M.S. (1942) and Ph.D. (1949) degrees from the University of Minnesota. He joined the Physics faculty in 1949 and continued until his retirement in 1985. Professor Freier's research area was atmospheric physics; he was often featured in weather related stories by the local press. During his career he led the development of lecture demonstrations both in our department and the broader physics community. The American Association of Physics Teachers presented Dr. Freier with a Distinguished Service Citation in 1983 in recognition of his contributions to undergraduate education, specifically citing his lecture demonstration activities. The University named Tate Lab Room 135 the George D. Freier Lecture Demonstration Facility in 2002 to honor his pioneering work.

Professor Freier was preceded in death by his wife Phyllis St. Cyr Freier, who was also a professor of physics; brothers Earl and Paul; and sister Maxine Marquardt. Professor Freier is survived by his daughter Susan Freier and husband Harold Levene of San Diego; son David of St. Paul; grandchildren Beverly Levene, Max and Jack Freier; sister-in-law Marge Freier of Littleton, Colorado; and many nieces and nephews.