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James Oliver Freedman, American former academic administrator, lawyer. Bar: New Hampshire 1962, Pennsylvania 1971, Iowa 1982.


Freedman, James Oliver was born on September 21, 1935 in Manchester, New Hampshire, United States. Son of Louis A. and Sophie (Gottesman) Freedman.


AB, Harvard University, 1957. Bachelor of Laws, Yale University, 1962. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Cornell College, 1982.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), Southern Meth University, 1988. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Mount Holyoke College, 1988. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Vermont Law School, 1992.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), University New Hampshire, 1992. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), St. Ambrose University, 1984. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Colby-Sawyer College, 1995.

Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Dartmouth College, 1998. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Hebrew Union College, 1998. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Brown University, 1999.

Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Whitman College, 1999. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), University Rochester, 2002.


Professor law University Pennsylvania, 1964—1982, associate provost, 1978, dean, 1979—1982, university ombudsman, 1973—1976. President, distinguished professor law and political science University Iowa, 1982—1987. President Dartmouth College, Hanover, 1987—1998, president emeritus, 1998—2006.

President American Academy Arts and Sciences, 2000—2001. Henry N. Rapaport lecturer Jewish Theological Seminary, 2001. 8th annual Roy R. Ray lecturer Southern Methodist University School Law, 1985.

Tyrell Williams lecturer Washington University School Law, 1984. Francis Greenwood Peabody lecturer Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1999. W.E.B. du Bois lecturer University Maryland.-Baltimore County, 1999.

Board directors Houghton Mifflin Company, 1991—2001. Howard R. Bowen lecturer Claremont Graduate University, 1997. Simon H. Rifkind lecturer City College of New York, 2000.


  • Bar: New Hampshire 1962, Pennsylvania 1971, Iowa 1982.


Board governors American Jewish Committee, from 1999. Member Philadelphia Board Ethics, 1981—1982. Chairman Pennsylvania Legislation Reapportionment Commission, 1981, Iowa Governor's Task Force on Foreign Language Studies and International Education, 1982—1983.

Trustee Jewish Public Society, 1979—1988, Brandeis University, from 2000, Hebrew Union College, from 2001. Board directors American Council on Education. Board directors Jacob K. Javits fellows program United States Department Education, 1993—1997.

Board directors Salzburg Seminar American Studies, 1988—1992, 1994—1997. Member of American Phil. Society, American Academy Arts & Sciences (president since 2000), American Law Institute, Clare Hall Cambridge University (life).


Son of Louis A. and Sophie (Gottesman) Freedman, Louis A. and Sophie (Gottesman) Freedman. Married Bathsheba Freedman. 2 children.

Louis A. Freedman

Sophie (Gottesman) Freedman

Bathsheba Freedman