Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Raymond M. Fredman, retired Cuyahoga Community College English professor

Raymond M. Fredman, Ph.D., a retired English professor for Cuyahoga Community College’s Metro Campus, who served as a consultant and board member for the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival, died July 24, 2009, at age 79.

As a Tri-C professor in 1970, Fredman presented his views about “the mushrooming phenomenon” of 2-year community colleges at the Midwest Modern Language Association conference in Milwaukee, Wis. His remarks were published in the Association of Departments of English Bulletin from February 1971 and are available online here.

Like the high school, the community college responds to the sociological and economic needs of the community,” Fredman said at a time when community colleges were still a relatively new concept. He concluded his remarks with, “We are fast becoming a vital part of the educational system, and as such we will become an even more vital element in the future job market.”

The Russell Township, Ohio, resident, who is survived by his wife, Betty, was born in Illinois and grew up in Milwaukee, Wis.

Fredman held a bachelor’s degree in English from Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., a master’s in English from Wayne State University in Detroit and a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

He worked on more than 30 theatrical productions in Cleveland, Cincinnati and Wisconsin. He was a past president of the Cleveland Play House’s Men’s Committee and served on the theaters board of trustees.

Fredman was a past lieutenant governor of Kiwanis International Division 15 and past member of the Hermit Club. He was a 32nd degree Master Mason and past Master of Heights-Lion Heart Lodge #633.

A Masonic service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, 2009, at Brown-Forward Funeral Home, 17022 Chagrin Blvd., Shaker Heights, Ohio.

Funeral service will be held Thursday, July 30, 2009, at a time to be announced at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 2747 Fairmount Blvd., Cleveland Heights, Ohio.

Condolences, funeral details and more: www.brown-forward.com.

This obituary originally was posted on ObitsOhio.com on July 25, 2009.

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