|Birth||February 20, 1923|
B.S., College of Wooster, OH; began working as a chemist|
at Miles Laboratories in Elkhart, IN
|1947||Married Alfred H. Free|
|1975||Published Urinalysis in Clinical Laboratory Practice|
Professional Achievement Award, American Society for|
|1978||M.A., Central Michigan University|
Garvan Medal, American Chemical Society; Distinguished|
Alumni Award, College of Wooster
|1990||President, American Association for Clinical Chemistry|
|1993||President, American Chemical Society|
First recipient of the Helen M. Free Public Outreach|
Helen M. Free has advanced the field of diagnostic chemistry by developing clinical laboratory tests that are effective and easy to use. In addition to making contributions to medical laboratory techniques, she has worked to promote chemistry and other sciences among the general public.
The daughter of Daisy (Piper) and James Summerville Murray, Helen Murray was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1923. She attended the College of Wooster in Ohio and graduated with honors with a B.S. in chemistry in 1944. Free later earned an M.A. in laboratory management from Central Michigan University in 1978. 1
After graduating from the College of Wooster, Free took a job as a chemist at Miles Laboratories (makers of Alka Seltzer) in Elkhart, Indiana. She worked her way up through the company, holding such positions as new products manager, director of clinical laboratory reagents, and director of marketing services of the research products division. Free currently serves as a consultant in professional relations of the diagnostics division of Miles Laboratories. 2 She is also an adjunct professor at Indiana University, South Bend.