Barry Freeman Memorial Scholarship
In the global battle against disease, victories happen one at a time. A comforting touch and a warm smile transcend borders. No translation is necessary for healing and help. The Barry Freeman Memorial Fund is a thread of hope, connecting University of Iowa medical students to people facing disease and deprivation around the world.
Barry Freeman of Des Moines, Iowa, was a student in the Class of 1976 at the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine when he was killed in a tragic accident on campus. Barry’s parents, brothers, and sister were devastated by his death and sought to keep his memory and spirit alive at the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. Through The University of Iowa Foundation, the Freeman family and Barry’s friends created the Barry Freeman Memorial Fund, which supports UI medical students by providing financial support to medical students who complete a community-based medical experience in a developing country.
In 1996, on what would have been the 20th anniversary of Barry’s graduation from medical school, the Freeman family, the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, and the UI Foundation began a campaign to enhance the resources of the Barry Freeman Memorial Fund. Family members, friends, and classmates, and former Barry freeman Scholarship recipients generously supported the fund.
“Barry was able to touch a good many lives during his 22 years,” said his parents, Robert (also a University of Iowa graduate) and Marion Freeman. “We created the fund to help other students accomplish what Barry might have accomplished.” Since the Freeman Fund was established, hundreds of UI medical students have had the opportunity to learn about cultural, social, and medical problems in developing countries around the world.
Congratulations on receiving the Barry Freeman Memorial Scholarship