Dr. Gerson A. Freedman, 89, dentist, veteran

September 19, 2002

Dr. Gerson A. Freedman, a retired Northwest Baltimore dentist, died Tuesday of stroke complications at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The Pikesville resident was 89.

Before he retired about 18 years ago, Dr. Freedman practiced at a home office in the 6700 block of Park Heights Ave. and in the heart of Pikesville. He also taught diagnosis at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Pinkney Road, he was a 1930 City College graduate. He earned a degree from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, and did postgraduate work at Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania.

He served in the Pacific as an Army dentist during World War II, and was awarded the Bronze Star for action at the Battle of Leyte Gulf. He attained the rank of captain.

He was a former president and secretary of the State Board of Dental Examiners, and former president of the Baltimore City Dental Society. From 1948 to 1973, he was chief of dental services at Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital.

Dr. Freedman belonged to Woodholme Country Club, where he played golf. He also enjoyed bridge.

He was a member of Chizuk Amuno Congregation.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. today at Sol Levinson & Bros., 8900 Reisterstown Road.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, the former Shirley Hollins; a son, Jeffrey B. Freedman of Newton, Mass.; a daughter, Susie Feldman of Baltimore; and four grandchildren.

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