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Arthur Freeman, DVM

January 12, 1925 ~ March 7, 2018 (age 93)


Arthur Freeman (93) of Indianapolis, IN.  Born in Youngstown, Ohio to Israel and Katharine Freeman.  Served in the U.S. Army Air Force as B-17 bombardier/navigator Active Duty and 15 years as 1st Lt. Reserve Duty.   Worked five seasons in salmon fisheries research and maritime patrol for the US Fish and Wildlife Service in Alaska. 

Enrolled in pre-med at Stanford University and received his professional degree as Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) from The Ohio State University in 1955.  His professional veterinary career included hands-on work at a small veterinary practice in Bellingham, WA, then with Jensen-Salsbery Laboratories in Kansas City, MO, followed by 30 years in the Chicago, IL area with the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).  He joined AVMA Journal staff as Assistant Editor for Journal Production, became Editor-in-Chief, and retired as AVMA Executive Vice President.  Concurrently, he served as Secretary and endowment contributor for the American Veterinary Medical Foundation, Secretary for the AVMA Judicial Council, and was the only veterinarian ever elected to President of the Council of Science Editors.

Upon retirement Arthur relocated to the Indianapolis area. He became Adjunct Veterinary Professor with Purdue University for 10 years; chaired the Peer Review Committee and Insurance Committee for the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association; edited the newsletter, served as Secretary and, ultimately, President of the American Association of Retired Veterinarians; became heavily involved in the Executive Service Corps of Indianapolis, particularly as youth counselor and mentor, Executive Committee and Board member.

He piloted small aircraft, was a clarinetist, an avid tennis player and golfer, and enjoyed public speaking.  He was an amateur artist, leaving behind a gallery of original paintings.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 27 years, Marilyn Werner Freeman, and his two brothers, Harold Freeman and Arnold B. Freeman.
He is survived by his dear friend, Maxiene Rogers; son, Joel; daughter, Mary (Lucas); and four grandchildren, Daisha Lucas, Stratton Lucas, Julia Freeman and Audrey Freeman.
To honor his requests, there will be no services and interment will be private.  Arrangements are entrusted to Bussell Family Funerals. 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF), 1931 North Meacham Road, Suite 100, Schaumburg, IL 60173.

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