Author Robert Freeman is Today’s Honoree

Retired music professor and accomplished musician Robert Freeman shares reflections of his 42-year marriage, their 17 canine companions and his remarkable career as an educator in WOOF!  A Love Story of Dogs, Music, and Life.

Freeman was a music school director when he fell in love with his assistant, Carol. Throughout their union they created a loving home for 17 dogs, all of which are featured through striking photography between the covers of Woof! This book is a celebration of true love — between people and between people and animals — and beautifully relates the eternal truth that the world would be a better place if everyone simply took good care of each other.

Author Robert Freeman is a musicologist, Steinway artist, and a professional musician. Over 42 years of marriage to his wife, Carol, he has been the proud master of 17 dogs — 11 of them golden retrievers, six of them American dogs. Having made tenure at MIT, he directed the Eastman School of Music for 24 years, presided over the New England Conservatory for three, and served as dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of Texas in Austin for seven. He is also the author of the highly praised The Crisis of Classical Music in America. For the Eastman School’s website honoring Freeman, please visit https://www.esm.rochester.edu/freeman/.

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