A. Myrick Freeman, former William D. Shipman Professor Emeritus of Economics, died Feb. 6 of natural causes. He was 86 years old.
Freeman graduated from Cornell University in 1957 and then served as an officer in the United States Navy until 1964. During his time with the Navy, he eventually rose to the rank of lieutenant commander. In 1964, he received a master’s degree from the University of Washington and a doctorate. the following year from the same university.
He began his career at Bowdoin in 1965 as Assistant Professor of Economics in 1965, became Associate Professor in 1970 and Professor in 1975. He earned his William D. Shipman Professor of Economics designation in 1993. During of his 35 years as a faculty member, he also served as Chair of the Department of Economics and Chair of the College’s Environmental Studies Program for two terms. Freeman retired in 2000.
“Rick’s areas of interest were the economics of environmental policy, applied welfare economics, benefit-cost analysis and risk management applied to environmental and resource management issues”, wrote Chairman Clayton Rose in an email to all employees. “Students who have had the good fortune to study with Rick have been inspired by his commitment to environmental stewardship and citizen engagement in public policy development.”
Freeman is the author or co-author of eight books, including “The Economics of Environmental Policy”, “Air and Water Pollution Control: A Benefit-Cost Analysis”, “The Benefits of Environmental Improvement: Theory and Practice” and “The Measurement of Environmental and Resource Values: Theory and Methods. Freeman’s last two books won him the 2002 Publication of Enduring Quality Award from the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists.
“Over the years, Rick’s expertise has been sought after by federal, state and local government policy makers and regulatory agencies. He was a senior researcher at Resources for the Future, a member of the board of directors of toxicology and environmental health risks of the National Academy of Sciences, and co-chair of the environmental economics advisory committee of the scientific advisory board of the Institute. US Environmental Protection. Agency, as well as a member of the Air Quality Compliance Analysis Advisory Board and the EPA Air Quality Scientific Advisory Committee,” Rose wrote.
Throughout his life, Freeman also served on several local committees in Georgetown, ME, where he lived with his family beginning in 1977. In 2019, he was named Georgetown Outstanding Citizen of the Year.
“Rick leaves a tremendous legacy of service to the common good – in his scholarship, his advocacy for responsible stewardship of natural resources, his commitment to civic engagement, his teaching, his many years singing in the Bowdoin Chorus, and in the “example of his life. Rick has made Bowdoin better, and we join his family, colleagues, alumni, friends, neighbors and others in celebrating a life well lived,” Rose wrote.