Bill was born on September 18, 1929 in Pleasant Valley, Pennsylvania as the eighth of 13 children of the late Charles and Catherine Freeh. Following two years of service in the United States Army, he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Dayton. Bill subsequently received a law degree from the University of Baltimore and was admitted to the Maryland State Bar. In 1957, he began a career with the United States Patent Office, where he served as a Patent Examiner, member of the Board of Patent Appeals, and earned the Commerce Department Silver Medal Award. Bill’s retirement from government service was succeeded by another 15 years of private patent law practice.
Bill and his late wife Katherine “Kay” Freeh were long-time residents of Montgomery County, Maryland. They were a fixture at St. Raphael’s 7 a.m. Sunday mass. Bill was a fitness fanatic who exercised seven days a week well into his eighth decade. He was also an avid golfer who, to the chagrin of his wife, often insisted upon walking the course with little regard for the heat index. Other pursuits included following the University of Maryland Terrapins basketball team and the Washington Nationals. Ever the loyalist, Bill refused to adopt another town’s baseball team during Washington’s three decades without one.
Bill will be greatly missed by his four children: Tim Freeh (Beth) of Milford, DE, Peggy Freeh (Andrew Funk) of Boulder, CO, Anne Engel (Samuel) of Brookline, MA, and Caitlin Freeh (Joe Arns) of Princeton, NJ. He will also be missed by his grandchildren: Daniel Funk, Caroline Funk, Isaac Engel, Will Arns, Catherine Arns, and Henry Arns. In 2011, he was predeceased by his beloved wife of 50 years, Kay, and his granddaughter, Rose Morrisey Engel. He is also survived by many siblings, nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Princeton on August 28, 2020 at 11 a.m. Contributions in his memory can be made to Catholic Charities USA.