Joseph Freedman, formerly of Washington, DC and Bethesda, MD, died at his home in Melbourne, FL on Thursday morning July 21, 2016 at the age of 92.
Joseph was born in Brighton, MA 1923. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 43 years, Emily Feltman Freedman. Joseph graduated from the Boston Latin School (1940), the Georgia Institute of Technology (1943, B.S. Public Health Engineering), University of North Carolina (1946, MSC, Sanitary Engineering),Harvard University (SM, Sanitary Engineering), and Special Studies in Groundwater Development at the University of Minnesota. He was a registered Professional Engineer (PE) in MA and a Captain in the United States Public Health Services.
Joseph was employed by various international organizations including the World Health Organization/Pan American Health Organization, USAID, the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Bank. He had a rich lifetime of work bringing water supply, sanitation, and pollution control programs to people in rural villages and large urban cities in many regions of the world. He established some of the first PAHO/WHO offices, helped organize a National Ministry of Health and developed a national village water supply program with UNICEF and CARE.
Joseph loved to tell stories of his travels, and entertained friends and family with his many adventures. He was also a gifted polyglot – we are unsure of how many languages he actually spoke. He is survived by his daughter Susan Freedman-Noa, granddaughter Sarah Elizabeth Noa, son-in-law Alex Noa and numerous nieces and nephews and friends.