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Mother of local man dies at 88

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Ruth S. Freedman, whose son, Dr. Phillip Freedman lives in Edwards, died peacefully Monday after a long illness. She was 88. Ruth Freedman was born in New York City on Aug. 21, 1916 to Della and Pinkney Schreiber. Her family moved to St. Louis in 1922, where Freedman’s father worked as a clothing designer. Freedman lived in St. Louis until moving to Colorado recently. She graduated from the Mary Institute at Washington University and the Washington University School of Medicine. She did her internship at Jewish Hospital in St. Louis and was the first woman ophthalmologist to graduate from the Washington University School of Medicine’s Department of Ophthalmology. She married Dr. Harold Freedman on Dec. 21, 1941, but World War II separated the couple for four years, family members said. They had two sons, Philip and Howard. Dr. Ruth Freedman showed the skeptics she could be a wife, mother, physician and teacher, family members said. She practiced ophthalmology until she retired at age 70. She was also an accomplished bridge player, attaining life master status. She loved to travel and did so extensively with her husband until his death in 1977. She continued to travel, taking her last cruise this spring, family members said. She is survived by her sons, Dr. Phillip Freedman of Edwards, and Dr. Howard Freedman of Sammamish, Wash.; and a sister, Helen Unterberger of St. Louis.Vail Colorado


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