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Dr. E. Deane Freitas

Doc Freitas is the first recipient of the Special Achievement Award. He was a member of the Dartmouth School Committee for 35 years and was a driving force behind the Dartmouth High School Athletics Program from 1949 to his untimely death, in October, 1984. His love of athletics was instrumental in helping young student-athletes gain experience on the athletic fields that helped them become responsible citizens.

Dr. E. Deane Freitas was a former student-athlete at Dartmouth High School who realized the intangibles that are taught in athletics will contribute a great deal to a person's character.

Dr. Freitas's personal athletic achievements included a two-year stint in the starting position as center for the DHS football team. His academic talents gave him what he needed to graduate from Penn State in 1938 and the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1942. "Doc" practiced veterinary medicine in Dartmouth for 44 years, earning respect and admiration of all those who knew him. His kindness and his acts of generosity were legendary.

Dr. Freitas is survived by his wife Helen, daughter Marilyn, son-in-law Thomas Cadieux, and grandson Aaron.