|Dr Olen Ivo Booth Freeman, Jr|
|Death: ||Sep. 7, 2009|
Doctor Olen Ivo Freeman, Jr. died in his home in Sandy Springs Monday September 7, 2009.
He was the only child of Laura Bell Booth of Campbellton, GA and Olen I. Freeman of Columbus GA. He took great pride in being a native Georgian and was a true example of a southern gentleman. He was widely renowned for his sense of fairness and his feeling that caring for others enriches us all.
He was married to Dr. Helen Caffey Freeman. Olen met his wife at medical school. They were married 46 years without an argument living a life full of love, laughter, and learning with their family of 3 sons.
Following naval service, he completed his Master's degree in psychology at Emory University and then obtained a Medical Degree at the Medical College of GA, he completed residency in psychiatry and then attended Harvard University in Doctor Gerald Kaplan's Department of Community Psychiatry. Following a three year stint as superintendent of Broughton Hospital in North Carolina, Dr. Freeman developed the Community Psychiatry Program for the state of Georgia.
Dr. Freeman had many other interests. Following state service, he left public service to expand some of these. He was a founding member of the GA Orchid Society. For several years, he served as a garden salesman at the Chattahoochee Garden Club continuing there full time after he left state service. This had to be discontinued when his legs got so bad that he could not lift Christmas trees any longer. In order to not lose contact with his beloved flowers, he continued coursework at Gwinnett Tech and taught classes there in small nursery management. He traveled extensively viewing the English-European Gardens during this time. He was shy one course of a Brenau University MBA, due to the deleterious effect of the computer program Excel on his overall average.
His father once said that "Olen will die in a classroom." and he nearly made it.
Funeral services will be at Sandy Springs Chapel on Saturday, September 12, 2009, at 1 pm followed by interment at Booth Memorial Park outside Winder, GA (route 330) in the family graveyard that his Mother was instrumental in founding, where the family reunion is held there on the 2nd Sunday of August every year.
His pall bearers will be his 3 sons Olen I. Freeman III (Baltimore, MD) Eugene M. C. Freeman (Atlanta) and Edwin Booth Freeman (Athens). They will be joined by James C. Sturrock (Espanola, New Mexico), Lochlin Caffey (Nashville), Jeff Shaeffer (Atlanta), Malcolm Bentley (Atlanta) and Jeff Thomas (Atlanta).
Booth Memorial Park
Created by: Ms. Clyde
Record added: Dec 09, 2009
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