We are saddened by the passing of Dr Peter Freeman OAM, RFD, RD (1925 – 2015), who made an enormous contribution to our organisation and to supporting deaf children.
Dr Freeman served on the Victorian School for Deaf Children (now Deaf Children Australia) Board for many years from 1976 to 1991 and was Honorary Otologist at the school from 1969 to 1991. As an Otologist, Dr Freeman specialised in problems of the ear, nose and throat along with management of dizziness and hearing loss. He provided wonderful specialist support to the students.
During all these years, Dr Freeman wisely counselled the Board on many aspects of deafness. In 1992, Dr Freeman was awarded the status of Life Governor for his long service and commitment to deaf children.
He played a significant role in the formation of the Garnett Passe and Rodney Williams Foundation and was a great supporter of the Bionics Institute (previously the Bionic Ear Institute). Dr Freeman has also been acknowledged by the Alfred as ‘a surgical leader at the Alfred Hospital for over 30 years. His dedicated and outstanding contribution to the Alfred Hospital and to Otolaryngology has resulted in a significant and enduring legacy.’
Our thoughts are with Dr Freeman’s family at this difficult time.