Date of Birth: March 16, 1931 in Lewisburg, West Virginia.
Date Married: 1957 to Christine Ellen Lewis. They had 3 daughters, Patricia, Lynn, and Ann.
1952 - BSc from West Virginia University in dairy husbandry.
1954 - MSc from West Virginia University in animal breeding.
1957 - PhD from Cornell University with Dr. C. R. Henderson in animal breeding.
1957 - Joined faculty at Iowa State University, in dairy cattle breeding.
1965 - Became full professor at Iowa State University.
1968 - Became Section Leader of the Animal Breeding Group
1978 - Received the Charles F. Curtiss
- National Association of Animal Breeders Research Award from ADSA,
- Chair of the ADSA Production Section
1979 - Received the J. R. Prentice Memorial Award in Animal Breeding and Genetics.
Dr. Freeman's research emphasis has been
on sire and cow evaluation, estimation of genetic parameters, and related
problems in dairy cattle. In 1972 he began research on sire evaluation
for dystocia with Midwest Breeders Coop. Sires of all breeds have
been evaluated nationally for ease of calving since 1977. Cooperating
on this research were Jeff Berger and John Pollak. Other areas of
research have been genetic and environmental influences on milk constituents;
management and type traits; culling procedures and their relation to pedigree
selection; predicting future production; the effectiveness of pedigree
and sire selection; correlated responses in traits of economic importance;
and estimating genetic gain.