The Rev. James Donald Freeze, 74

Former Georgetown University provost

December 15, 2006

The Rev. James Donald Freeze, a Jesuit priest and former provost of Georgetown University, died Sunday of Alzheimer's disease complications at his order's suburban Philadelphia retirement home. He was 74.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Abell Avenue, he attended the Cathedral School and was a 1950 graduate of Loyola High School.

He then entered the Society of Jesus and was ordained to the priesthood in 1968. After studying at a Jesuit seminary in Wernersville, Pa., he received a master's degree in philosophy from Weston College, now the Weston Jesuit School of Theology, in Massachusetts. He also earned a degree in theology at the University of Innsbruck in Austria.

After teaching philosophy at Wheeling College, now Wheeling Jesuit University, he became a Georgetown assistant academic dean and was later assistant executive vice president for academic affairs and provost.

In 1992 he became director of the Loyola Retreat House in the southern Maryland community of Faulkner, and was later treasurer at the Roland Park headquarters of his order's Maryland province.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow in the chapel of Loyola College, 4501 N. Charles St., where he had been a board member.

Survivors include two nephews, Robert F. Freeze Jr. of Timonium and James Donald Freeze of Chicago, and a niece, Liza Freeze Ebeling of Ruxton.

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