Caryl P. Freeman obituary

contact: Jeanne Baron
| WMU News

Dr. Caryl P. Freeman, associate professor emeritus of business information systems at Western Michigan University, died Sept. 30 at Rose Arbor in Kalamazoo. She was 86.

Freeman joined the WMU faculty in 1976 and retired in 1987 after 11 years of service to the University.

Caryl Freeman

Freeman served as the advisor for the business communication concentration from 1975 to 1980. She also was active on campus, serving as chair, a departmental representative or member of many committees. For her entire WMU tenure, she was an advisor for the University's chapter of Delta Pi Epsilon, the Association for Research in Business Education.

Freeman wrote numerous papers and journal articles on business communication and education during a time of dramatic technological change in the business world. Her scholarly work included the 1986 book "Support Staff Procedures in the Electronic Office" as well as the 1984 book "Objective Writing for Business and Industry."

The latter work was co-written with her partner, Dr. Marcia Mascolini, WMU associate professor emeritus of business information systems, who survives.

Initially a high school business teacher, Freeman went on be an educational television teacher at the Manpower Education Institute in New York, curriculum director for Sawyer Colleges of Business, an educational media consultant, and a consultant for the 3M company. She previously taught at Glen Oaks Community College and Youngstown State University.

Freeman earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Michigan State University in 1950, a master's degree in social studies education from Radcliffe College in 1954 and a doctoral degree in business education from New York University in 1967.

Services and remembrances

Services have taken place. Visit redmondfuneralhome.net to make a memorial guestbook entry.

Memorials gifts may be made to the Gilmore Keyboard Festival.

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