Engineer, attorney, author, and former head of some of the largest public power utilities in the U.S., S. David Freeman passed away on May 12 outside of Washington, D.C., following a heart attack at the age of 94. Freeman was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and received a degree in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). After college, he worked for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) for several years before attending the University of Tennessee and earning a law degree. He subsequently returned to TVA as an attorney, where he worked in the law department for about 13 years. In 1967, Freeman was appointed to an energy committee by President Lyndon Johnson, and he later worked for the Environmental Protection Agency during the Nixon administration. President Jimmy Carter appointed Freeman to head the TVA board in 1977. While leading the board, Freeman shifted the organization’s focus toward energy conservation, and he was instrumental in shutting down construction on several of TVA’s nuclear projects.
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