Hun School Alumni Association founder Eugene Freda dies at 94

Eugene Guerino Freda, 94, of Ewing, passed away on Friday, Jan. 20 at Care One at Hamilton.  Born in Princeton, he was raised in the Jugtown Section of Princeton Borough.

Eugene attended the Princeton schools and completed his freshman year at Princeton High School before transferring to the Hun School of Princeton. He graduated in 1948.  After graduating, he created the Hun Alumni Association, on which he served in various capacities for several years.  In 1952, he graduated from the University of Miami, Florida with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.

He retired as a Major from the Active Air Force Reserve in 1975 after honorably serving on active duty from 1952 to 1956, most notably in France and Germany with the Western European NATO forces.

Upon returning from his tour of duty, his career led him to become district service manager for Carrier Air Conditioning Company, then president of Eastern Air Balance Company. In 1969, Eugene received his professional engineers license. Along with his wife, Ellie, who had excellent business knowledge, they opened the Eugene G. Freda Company offering field engineering consulting services until they retired in 1992. 

He was a member of the American Legion.              

Eugene is predeceased by his wife, of 38 years, Eleanor “Ellie” Doten Freda in 1998, parents, Guerino and Filomena (Quaresima) Freda and two sisters, Gloria Ann Chambers and Katherine Judith Freda and brother-in-law, William Chambers.

Surviving are his son and daughter-in-law, Russell and Mary Jo Freda and four grandsons; Anthony and his wife, Diana, Nicholas and his fiancé, Miranda, Zachary and Jeremy Freda and two nieces, Kay (Joe) Torpey and Cynthia Chambers.

Memorial contributions to Ewing Covenant Presbyterian Church, 100 Scotch Road, Ewing, NJ 08628 are appreciated.