Peter Leonard Freeman, Q.C. was a proud member of the legal Profession. He practiced law in Winnipeg and Brandon, in the early 1960’s before teaching law at the University of Manitoba for a short stint, and then teaching at the Faculty of Law, University of Alberta.
He was proud of the U of A. He became very active with the Faculty Club, serving as its President for a stint. He was active with the faculty of the Law School, joining forces as a founding member of the Legal Education Society of Alberta. Perhaps his passion was reading because while a member of the law faculty he studied at the University of Washington and earned his Masters degree in Library Management, and took on the role of Librarian at the U of A Law Library, and then Librarian at the Supreme Court of Canada. From their he expanded his administrative duties to become the Chief Librarian for the University of Alberta as a whole, taking on responsibility for physical expansion, employees, and senior administration within the University.
These accomplishments were at the same time as he raised 3 kids with his beautiful wife Barbara, coached hockey, and was elected a School Trustee in the City of St. Albert. The story continued to Calgary in 1989 where he took on the role as Executive Director for the Law Society of Alberta. This may have been his most challenging role – having to balance intelligent and active members, along with a Government regulator, and reporting to a board of lawyers – because, as a family, we could tell he was enjoying himself. And again, during this period he continued to give of himself, becoming active with St. Mary’s University/College, and becoming Chair of their Board of Governors in early 2000.
As one would expect, none of this would be possible without a very supportive spouse. Peter and Barbara celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2013. They met while Peter was in University, and married shortly thereafter. Their love withstood moves to five different cities, and ending with retirement in Edmonton. He will also be fondly remembered by Barbara’s siblings, Elenor, Chris, Mary, Jim and Helen.