Priscilla Freeman Endowment Created in Memory of Daughter
NC Psychoanalytic Foundation receives $100,000 gift to support youth programs
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (January 28, 2013) –Determined, creative, musical, thoughtful, and athletic are words that David and Connie Freeman use to described their daughter, Priscilla. “Although she couldn’t run fast, she joined a track team just so they could have a team,” Dr. Freeman said about his daughter.
Raised in Chapel Hill, Priscilla was born on January 22, 1958 and was the third child of Dr. and Mrs. David Freeman. She studied guitar and wrote memoirs and poems. As a young teenager, Priscilla and others in her family decided to focus on losing excess weight. Priscilla became more active, playing Rainbow Soccer. By 1972, while still maintaining good grades, studying music, playing soccer, and writing, Priscilla built a Soap Box Derby racer that set the fastest time of the day and placed fifth in the All-American Soap Box Derby race in Akron, Ohio; she was the first female to do either. Her racer is now in the NC Museum of History in Raleigh.
When she was sixteen, she flew alone to Luxembourg, went by train to a small village in Switzerland, and then flew to join schoolmates on a safari in Kenya, led by Zora Rashkis, the NC Teacher of the Year. Despite altitude sickness, she climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. Back home, she was on the Chapel Hill High School (CHHS) coed soccer team that won the state championship. In her senior year, she was team manager. Priscilla was instrumental in forming a CHHS girls’ soccer team and in opening the Clemson Soccer Camp to girls. She was a National Merit Scholar semifinalist. The family hosted an Indonesian AFS-USA student that same year.
Priscilla Freeman passed away suddenly of meningococcemia in March of 1976 at the age of 18. She had been accepted to Humboldt State University in California and had plans to study forestry.
With their $100,000 gift, Dr. and Mrs. David Freeman are establishing the Priscilla Freeman Endowment to honor her memory and to support youth programs, which are offered through the NC Psychoanalytic Foundation. The Freemans shared, “We are creating this endowment to support NC Psychoanalytic Foundation programs for children. We think they are the best way to help children develop to their full potential.”
Dr. Freeman is a retired Chapel Hill child psychiatrist and psychoanalyst and founder of the NC Psychoanalytic Foundation. Connie Freeman is a retired social worker. Together they have helped children and families throughout the region.
The NC Psychoanalytic Foundation has been applying psychoanalytic theory to help create a more resilient community since 1995. Their current initiative is Peaceful Schools-NC, which is addressing bullying in schools and is hosting the Courage Rocks! Be Bold Festival in Durham on April 14, 2013.