Paul W. Freed, age 74, died on April 16, 2002 at his home in Minneapolis after a long struggle with cancer. Paul was Professor Emeritus of Piano in the School of Music at the University of Minnesota and an active pianist in the community both as soloist and chamber musician. He taught piano at the University of Minnesota from 1957 until his retirement in 1992. He was a graduate of Hamline University, held an Artists Diploma from the Basel Conservatory in Switzerland with Paul Baumgartner and advanced degrees from Florida State University with Ernst von Dohnanyi in piano performance. He was President of the Minnesota Music Teachers Association from 1969-1971 and founder of the state wide syllabus program. He was recently given the President's Award by the MMTA for lifetime achievement. He was born in Hampden, North Dakota on July 7, 1927 to the late Palmer Otto Freed and Majorie Maud Freed (nee Oke). He is survived by sister, Marcia Freed Taylor of Essex, England and brother, Bruce Freed of Embro, Ontario, Canada; nieces, Lucy Taylor of Birmingham, England, Bridget Freed of Minneapolis, Lesley Freed Sukosky of Hockessin, Delaware, and Nora Freed Arkonovich of Portland, Oregon; two grandnephews and one grandniece, and a large group of friends and students. A funeral will be held at the Gilbertson Funeral Home in Devils Lake, North Dakota on Monday, April 22. He will be buried at Storlie Cemetery in Hampden, North Dakota. A Memorial Service will be held, May 3, 10:30 AM in the Lobby of the Ted Mann Auditorium at the School of Music, University of Minnesota. Memorial contributions are being accepted by Fairview Hospice; 2450 26th Ave S.; Minneapolis, MN 55406.

Published on April 21, 2002

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