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Activate the audio recording in the embedded player below. A transcript is available for download above and to the right, and two photographs are available at links below.


Dr. Susan Anderson-Freed began teaching in the Sociology Department at Illinois Wesleyan University in 1977. A few years later she was reappointed to a position in the Computer Science program where she remained until her departure in 2008.

Anderson-Freed left teaching due to the effects of cancer treatments she was receiving and died on November 4, 2012. A long-time knitting enthusiast, she used the time of her treatments to design patterns and published two books on the subjects. Proceeds from these volumes, which have already been translated into several languages, are designated for the Community Cancer Center, Normal, Illinois. Her husband John Freed reviewed and emended the attached transcript.

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Computer Sciences | Education | United States History

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cropped from the 1984 Wesleyana

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taken on the day of the interview