Hadley, MA — James Arthur Freeman, beloved spouse, father, grandfather, professor, close friend and son died on June 15th, doing what he loved- working out in the health club. Capturing 86 years of a existence filled with journey, work, friendships and hobbies proves complicated for a person like Jim. He lived a comprehensive, blessed everyday living, bursting with memories, achievements and adventures.
Born May well 27th, 1935 in Jerseyville, Illinois to Julius Freeman and Viola Walther, Jim cherished his early a long time expanding up on a dairy farm. His adore of the outdoors ongoing after his household moved to Rochester, New York the place Jim gained the rank of Eagle Scout.
Following attending Hobart University and ending his undergraduate studies at Amherst College, Jim went to do the job for Bausch and Lomb for a number of many years as a profitable account supervisor. Even so, the business globe did not fulfill Jim’s thirst for information. At his wife’s urging, Jim still left the corporate entire world and enrolled at the College of Minnesota to full his PhD. in English. He also served two stints in the US Military, stationed at Fort Lewis in Tacoma, Washington.
However Jim cherished his time in the armed forces, the pull of remaining an English professor was larger. He started his teaching occupation at the University of Massachusetts in 1968. For the following 45 a long time, Jim remained a cherished educator. He inspired plenty of pupils with his infectious enthusiasm for Dante, Chaucer, Hemingway and other foundational authors. He published 3 guides and pretty much 80 articles or blog posts on topics as assorted as his interests, ranging from John Milton, to gravestones, to Donald Duck. He traveled the globe presenting lectures and serving as a guest professor from Italy to Singapore and numerous sites in between. His appreciate of the Renaissance led him to two times relocate his family to Florence, Italy for yearlong sabbaticals.
Though literature was Jim’s like, almost nothing eclipsed his adoration of Margaret, his wife of 60 years. The two moved to Hadley, Massachusetts in 1969 the place they both of those remained till their passing. There they elevated two sons, Matthew and Eric. Jim shared with them his adore of swimming, biking, mountaineering, and physical exercise. His wit, humor, curiosity and fascination led to lasting friendships with both of those colleagues and neighbors, as number of were equipped to resist his appeal.
Though a lot of will truly feel his absence, we acquire solace being aware of his children, daughter in-legislation, grandchildren, myriad friends and countless acquaintances will preserve his memory alive. Memorial guestbook at www.douglassfuneral.com
Printed by Everyday Hampshire Gazette on Jun. 24, 2021.