University of Oklahoma Medical Alumni Name Research Fund Honorees

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Two individuals and a charitable foundation will be honored at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine Alumni Association's annual Evening of Excellence on Jan. 26 at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.

The black-tie evening, a benefit for the Association's Research Fund, will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a reception, followed by dinner and the presentations.

Receiving the Distinguished Medical Service Award will be Gary F. Strebel and receiving the Distinguished Community Service Award will be Josephine Freede. The Harris Foundation will be presented with the Distinguished Oklahoma Institution Award.

Reservations are $200 per person and may be obtained by sending checks payable to the OU College of Medicine Alumni Association, P.O. Box 26901, Lib. 162, Oklahoma City, 73190. For information, call Carol Modisette at (405) 271-2353. Corporate tables are available.

All proceeds benefit the OU Alumni Association Research Fund, which provides grants to local researchers and physicians.

Strebel served on the College of Medicine Admissions Committee. He and his partner, James D. Funnell, recently established the James D. Funnell-Gary F. Strebel Endowed Professorship in Obstetrics- Gynecology Medical Student Education at the OU Medical Center.

Strebel has mentored the medical students who rotated through his obstetrics and gynecology practice and inspired two of his daughters, Julie Strebel Hager, a medical doctor, and medical student Jennifer Strebel to follow in his footsteps.

A 1965 graduate of the OU College of Medicine, Strebel practices obstetrics and gynecology in Oklahoma City with Funnell, a former Distinguished Medical Service Award winner. His daughter, Julie, has joined their practice.

He has served as president of the Oklahoma Medical Association and as a delegate to the American Medical Association. He is past chairman of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department at Mercy Health Center.

During the more than half-century since marrying her late husband, Henry J. Freede, and leaving her native England for a life in Oklahoma City, Freede has dedicated her life to supporting worthy causes from the Oklahoma City Symphony to the Oklahoma City Museum of Art to the Freedoms Foundation. …