Professor Freeman is a native North Carolinian, who completed high school, undergraduate training, and graduate school without leaving his beloved home state. Following the completion of his B.S. degree in chemistry from N.C. A&T State University, he was employed an organic chemist for 9.5 years at Burroughs-Wellcome Company. It was during this employment that he completed M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in organic chemistry. He joined N.C. State University as Associate Professor of textile chemistry in 1982 and was promoted to professor in 1989. Two years later, he was chosen the first Ciba-Geigy Professor of Dyestuff Chemistry.
Professor Freeman holds memberships in the American Chemical Society (Organic and Environmental Chemistry Divisions), Sigma Xi, The Genotoxicity and Environmental Mutagen Society, American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC), and American Association for the Advancement of Science. He received the J. William Weaver award and the Olney Medal from AATCC in 1992 and 2004, respectively. Professor Freeman currently serves as a member of the editorial boards for Colourage and Coloration Technology and Guest Editor for Materials Journal. He is author or co-author of over 200 scientific publications in a variety of journals and books (see publications).
Professor Freeman and his wife, Ruby, share a weekly small group ministry at a local church and enjoy family life with their two adult sons and two grandchildren.