Transitional UPJ president is dead

Former Pitt-Johnstown president Jack Freeman died Jan. 24 in Virginia.  He was 80.

Freeman was UPJ’s second president and served from 1971 to 1974.

During those four years, UPJ established five academic divisions – education, engineering technology, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences.

The university also broke ground on the Engineering and Science Building, officially announced the Mountain Cat as the school mascot and added wrestling as a third intercollegiate sport.

Freeman was also in the Air Force from 1954 to 1967.

He is survived by his wife Betty Hawling Freeman and his brother Bob Freeman, as well as  13 children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.