Retiring Stan Freeman
Stan Freeman began to make his mark at the University of South Carolina during his student years in the Alpha Rho Chapter of the Pi Sigma Epsilon Sales and Marketing Fraternity, chartered in January 1966. Stan received the annual Distinguished Service Award in 1968 and served as President of the fraternity in 1969. The Distinguished Service Award, established in honor of Professor of Marketing C. McFerron Gittinger in 1967, is presented to the member of the professional Marketing fraternity having rendered the most outstanding service to the fraternity and school community during the school year.
This early service should have been a sign of accomplishments to come as he continued on to obtain his bachelor’s degree in 1968 and his Juris Doctorate in 1972. Stan was admitted to the SC Bar the same year.
In 1978, Stan was invited to participate as a guest lecturer in a business law class in the College of Business. He then began teaching business law classes at 8am in the College of Business as a part-time adjunct. In 1987, Stan became a full-time lecturer in the School of Accounting, teaching business law courses to literally thousands of business students over the years.
In additional teaching and practicing law, Stan has been a member of the National Probate Judge’s Association, The SC Probate Judge’s Association, the American Bar Association, the Richland County Bar Association, the SC Trial Lawyers Association, the Phi Alpha Delta Legal fraternity, the Mental Health Association of Mid-Carolina, Families & Friends of the Mentally Ill, and the Lawyers Caring for Lawyers and Fee Disputes committees of the SC Bar. He is retired South Carolina Army National Guard, and a member of the Spring Valley Rotary Club, the Dentsville Optimist Club, and the Dentsville Lions Club. He also attends the Spring Valley Baptist Church when he is a choir member and a substitute Sunday School teacher.
As Stan enters retirement, it does not seem that he intends to slow down in the least. He is currently working on forty-three pro bono cases and intends to continue to accept such cases for members of his church and others in need. In fact, his wife, Becky, is adamant that she will need to retire as Stan’s office manager if she ever expects him to retire completely.
Stan will continue to spend lots of time with his grandsons fishing and attending their various sports games (baseball, basketball, football and soccer!) during his retirement and he will be getting practice on his golf swing, so not all of his time will be spent working. After thirty-six years of teaching, time to enjoy the finer points of life is long overdue. Congratulations, Stan!