Miriam Freeling, OT program director from 1978-1992, dies at 89

Miriam Freeling (1930-2019)
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Miriam Freeling, Wayne State University Occupational Therapy faculty member and program director from 1978-1992, passed away on Friday, Nov. 22, 2019. She was 89.

"Miriam was an absolutely wonderful woman and OT leader," said Catherine Lysack, interim dean of the Wayne State Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, which houses the occupational therapy program. "She was vigorous and visionary with such a warm and welcoming smile and so very kind to all she met. I will always remember her for her keen intellect and interest in academic activities. She was a fierce defender of the OT profession and worked tirelessly on behalf of OT students. She will be missed."

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She is the beloved wife of 44 years of Neal Freeling, mother of the late Leland Freeling, grandmother of Kevin Freeling, great-grandmother of Paisley and Alison, sister of the late Jim Eppstein and the late Phyllis Baum, sister-in-law of Sheila (Jack) Granowitz and is survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at Ira Kaufman Chapel - Garden Chapel on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at noon.  

The family has suggested that those who wish to further honor Miriam's memory may do so by making a contribution to either Wayne State's Occupational Therapy program or the Alzheimer's Association - Greater Michigan Chapter.

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Above graphic courtesy of the Michigan Black OT Caucus

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