Spring 2011

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Mayer Freed

Mayer G. Freed, a longtime professor of law at Northwestern University School of Law who specialized in discrimination and employment law and played a key administrative role in the school’s foreign executive programs, died Oct. 27. He was 65.

A former associate dean for academic affairs at the law school (1986 to 1995), Freed had a flair for administration, according to Robert W. Bennett, the Nathaniel L. Nathanson Professor of Law at Northwestern.

“He kept the school on an even keel, with efficiency to be sure, but also with deft touches of imagination and innovation,” Bennett, a former dean of the law school, said.

Freed’s stewardship of the school’s flourishing foreign executive programs included the special role he played in nurturing the program with Tel Aviv University, where he served as a visiting professor in 1996.

Freed joined the School of Law faculty 36 years ago and taught courses in constitutional law, employment discrimination, First Amendment, Jewish law and employment law.