Obituary: Milton H. Freedman

Obituary: Milton H. Freedman

Dr. Milton H. Freedman died peacefully in his sleep Jan. 21, 2019, at age 99.

Dr. Milton H. Freedman died peacefully in his sleep Jan. 21, 2019, at age 99. He was married to his beloved wife, Irma Bluestein Freedman, for 64 years until her death in 2012. 

He is survived by his devoted daughters, Francie Teitelbaum, Sally Plesser and Jane Freedman; his loving granddaughters, Jennifer Teitelbaum, Emily Teitelbaum and Samantha Plesser; and his many caring nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and their children. 

Milton was born in Atlanta on Nov. 11, 1919, to Fannie Saul Freedman and Joseph Freedman, and was the youngest of three children (Julian Freedman and Sylvia Freedman Cooper). He spent his entire life in Atlanta, except for his years in the Navy as a flight surgeon during World War II and his medical fellowship in hematology at Pratt Diagnostic Hospital (now Tufts Medical Center) in Boston, Mass., where he did pioneering research under Dr. William Dameshek at Boston Children’s Hospital.  Milton graduated from Boys’ High School in Atlanta and was a proud Eagle Scout. He graduated from Emory University as a Phi Beta Kappa and was first in his class at Emory Medical School. He did his internship and residency in internal medicine at Grady Hospital. 

In 1949, Milton was the first hematologist to open a private practice in Atlanta, where he treated many patients from throughout the Southeast in his early days as a doctor. He retired from his solo medical practice in 1994, and then worked as a physician consultant for the Disability Quality Branch of the Social Security Administration until his death. 

Milton will be missed by many friends and family members, his dear friend Rose Simms, and his wonderful caregivers, Celeste Smith, Trice Howard, Alethea Smith and Felicia McQueen. He will be remembered for his joke-telling, his intelligence, his love of medicine, nature and sports, but most of all, for his love for his extended family.  Funeral services were held Wed., Jan. 23, at Ahavath Achim Synagogue followed by interment at Arlington Memorial Park. Donations may be made in Milton’s memory to the Dr. Milton and Irma Freedman Scholarship Fund, Office of Gift Accounting, Emory University, 1762 Clifton Road, Suite 1400, Atlanta, 30322; Ahavath Achim Synagogue; or to the charity of your choice.  Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, Atlanta, 770-451-4999. Sign online guestbook at

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