Memorial Tonight for FKen Freedman

A Celebration of Life for FKen Freedman will be held tonight, May 6, at 7 p.m. at the Anchorage Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 3201 Turnagain Street. Freedman's obituary appeared in the Anchorage Daily News today (posted below), along with a new legacy book with the correct spelling of his last name. Personal memories of Freedman can also be read in and below Bent's first announcement of his passing.
FKen Freedman died of natural causes at his home in Anchorage on April 30, 2010. He was 68.

He was born July 12, 1941, in Newport News, Va., and grew up in California.

He was deeply spiritual and connected with his Jewish culture through the richness of ritual and the way he lived his life -- as a man of action. He connected with his Gay culture through action as one of the pillars of the GLBTA movement.

FKen was an activist in every community he was a part of. His passions were GLBTA equality, photography, theater and psychotherapy. He was a grassroots community organizer, starting and implementing the first Gay and Lesbian Helpline and The NorthView out of his home.

He loved the simplicity of life, to be in nature, and to create positive changes in his circle of influence and spend time with his friends and family. He loved plain doughnuts and he never passed up the chance to eat rainbow sprinkles on his ice cream.

FKen was in private practice, specializing in individual and couples counseling. He had a Master of Fine Arts degree from Yale University, School of Drama (1967) and a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, from Prescott College, Arizona (1998). He was a member of the Alaska Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association. Clients may call 229-9205 for referral information.

He was preceded in death by his husband, John Paul; his loving sister, Joan Carol; and his father, Donald Kenneth.

He is survived by his family of origin and family of choice. It would soothe his soul to know his friends shared their stories with his brother, adopted sons and extended family who were never able to experience the richness of his life in Anchorage while he was alive.

A celebration of life will be held at 7 p.m. today [Thursday, May 6] at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 3201 Turnagain St. A community potluck will follow.

Donations in his honor can be made to Identity Inc. at or P.O. Box 200070, Anchorage, 99520.

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