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Claire Freeman, Fletcher director

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Claire Freeman, a long-time Raleigh high school teacher who served on the board of directors of the A.J. Fletcher Foundation since 1982, died Aug. 17.

A respected educator known for her nonjudgmental attitude, wisdom and wit, Miss Freeman was 81.

She received undergraduate degrees from Peace College in Raleigh and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she majored in chemistry, and master’s and doctorate degrees in science and education from UNC –CH.

She worked as a chemist for the N.C. State Laboratory of Hygiene and taught at the U.S. Army Dependent Schools in Baumholder, Germany, before teaching at two Raleigh high schools — Broughton High School from 1947 to 1968, and Sanderson High School from 1968 to 1983.

Miss Freeman was godmother to Jim Goodmon, president of the Fletcher Foundation and of Capitol Broadcasting Co. Inc. and grandson of foundation and company founder Alfred Johnson Fletcher.

The Fletcher Foundation now has lost two board members this year.

Louise “Scottie” Stephenson, who worked at Capitol Broadcasting Co. Inc. for 58 years, including 49 as corporate secretary, died April 15.

Mrs. Stephenson, who was 80 and had held nearly every job at WRAL radio and at Capitol Broadcasting, had served on the Fletcher board since the mid-1960s.

“Both Scottie Stephenson and Claire Freeman brought wisdom, experience and a sense of humor to the A.J. Fletcher Foundation,” says Tom McGuire, the foundation’s executive director. “They were our link to the beginnings of the foundation, and to the ideals that Mr. Fletcher envisioned. Both personally and professionally, we all feel a deep sense of loss.”

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