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Charles Norman Freed

November 19, 1935 ~ November 14, 2017 (age 81)
CHARLES NORMAN FREED (Age 82) Passed away from cancer in the comfort of his home in Olney, MD on November 14, 2017. He was surrounded by his wife, Marlene Katzman Freed, two daughters (Sharon Ledner and Nancy Hull), two sons (Keith Hull and Cory Ledner) and five grandchildren (Josh St.Pierre, Nathan St.Pierre, Sarah St.Pierre, Madeline Hull and Sam Hull) all living locally. He is also survived by his younger brother, Stephen Freed, wife Paulette and three nephews/niece (Michael Freed, Philip Freed and Karen Freed) Chuck was born in Schenectady, NY on November 19, 1935 to Florence Friedman Freed and Albert Freed. He is an alumnus of Penn State with a major in Metallurgical Engineering. He continued his education with a Masters from The Technion in Haifa, Israel, where he lived with Marlene for three years. He returned to the United States working for the US Navy while getting a law degree at night from The George Washington University School of Law. After graduation from Law School, he began working for the newly created Environmental Protection Agency in 1972. He worked most of his 26 years with EPA in Mobile Source Enforcement on inspections and investiga- tions. He worked tirelessly to regulate fuel quality and fuel emissions to better uphold the new regulations in the Clean Air Act of 1970. During his career, he received several commendations including the Bronze Medal from Commendable Service in the field of air pollution control through the development and implementation of a nationwide enforcement system for unleaded gasoline. Also, the Distinguished Career Award for exemplary leadership and commitment to reduce mobile source air pollution. Lastly a letter from Senator Al Gore upon Chuck's retirement to acknowledge his role in creating and managing the motor vehicle and fuels compliance and enforcement programs. After his retirement in 1998, his close friend Li Pei introduced him to Professors at Tshingua University that began his second career volunteering in Beijing, China a few months every year for 17 years. There he was given an adjunct professorial role lecturing to graduate students in the field of Air Pollution. In addition, he worked with fellow environmentalists helping to identify and solve air pollution issues in the country. His many Chinese colleagues have acknowledged his substantial contributions to their clean air effort. Chuck's passions included hiking, canoeing, backpacking and reading. He traveled extensively to the National and State parks volunteering each year with the Trail Maintenance program with the US Parks Service. His greatest passion however was spending individual time each weekend with his grandchildren educating them in history, religion, law, music and current events. Family and Friends will gather inside the chapel at The Judean Memorial, 16225 Batchellors Forest Rd., Olney, MD 20832 on November 19 at 1 p.m.. The family invites all to a Celebration of Life open house, 18315 Leedstown Way, Olney, MD 20832 directly following the service until 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of your choice. Chuck was a true renaissance man and his memory and legacy will always be in our hearts.Family and Friends will gather inside the chapel at The Judean Memorial, 16225 Batchellors Forest Rd., Olney, MD 20832 on November 19 at 1 p.m.. The family invites all to a Celebration of Life open house, 18315 Leedstown Way, Olney, MD 20832 directly following the service until 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of your choice. Chuck was a true renaissance man and his memory and legacy will always be in our hearts.

Chapel Service

NOV 19. 1:00 PM

Judean Chapel
Olney, MD

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