Eugene H. Freed nacque il 18 marzo del 1930 a Somerville nel New Jersey dove visse fino all'età di 15 anni quando la sua famiglia si trasferì a San Diego in California.
Gene studiò alla San Diego State University, alla University of California ed alla USC Medical School in South Carolina.
Conseguita la laurea in otorinolaringoiatria, esercitò la professione nel suo studio di Los Angeles per oltre 50 anni.
Sposato con Sandi ha avuto due figli: Michel e Leslie.
Aveva imparato il bridge da studente e continuò a giocarlo in Partita Libera al'Edinburgh Bridge Club fino alla metà del 2009 quando si spense per complicazioni cardiache.
Gene conseguì i suoi migliori risultati come giocatore tra i Seniores. Tra le sue vittorie precedenti contiamo 6 NABC tra cui ricordiamo il Mitchell del 1986.
Tra i suoi successi da Senior che gli hanno valso il titolo di Senior Life Master, ricordiamo: l'argento nel World Senior Teams del 2002, l'oro nella Senior Bowl del 2001 e, ancora l'oro, come capitano non giocatore nella Senior International Cup del 2004.
Gene è scomparso il 17 luglio del 2009 nella sua casa di Los Angeles a causa di un disturbo coronarico.
Gene Freed, Grand Life Master and one of ACBL's most successful tournament players, died at his home in Los Angeles July 17 of complications from a heart ailment. He was 79.
As of the August masterpoint cycle, Freed was No. 22 on the all-time list with more than 28,000 masterpoints. He won hundreds of regional championships and five North American titles.
Eugene H. Freed was born in 1930 in Somerville NJ to David and Mildred Freed. He lived there until about age 15, when the family moved to San Diego. The family lived near San Diego State University, which he attended as an undergraduate, followed by UCLA and USC Medical School.
An ear, nose and throat physician in private practice, Freed worked out of the same office on Wilshire Boulevard near Carthay Circle in Los Angeles for more than 50 years. He did plastic and reconstructive surgery in the early years, was a pioneer in performing tonsillectomies on hemophiliacs, and in his later years specialized in Workers Compensation evaluations.
He had some celebrity friends and patients, including Don Adams (Get Smart, backgammon player at the Cavendish), Jim Nabors (Gomer Pyle) and Al Lewis (Grandfather in The Munsters). He served as a physician for the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera Company in the Sixties and Seventies, treating their performers in his office and occasionally backstage.
He played bridge as a boy and in college, and played money bridge and backgammon regularly at the Cavendish Club in Los Angeles. Freed's son, Michael, said that in 1970, his father took him to learn to play bridge at the Edinburgh Bridge Club in Los Angeles. "We played tournament bridge as partners almost exclusively for about five years," Michael Freed said, "and he continued to play tournament bridge for the rest of his life."
Freed was often in the top 10 in the Barry Crane Top 500 competition, finishing second one year. He was an early and frequent user of online bridge services. Among his bridge partners and friends were Louise Childs (Freed's late wife), Mike Passell, Jim Robison, Gene Simpson and Richard Walsh.
Freed is survived by his wife, Sandi, son Michael, daughter Leslie, sisters Greta and Marlene and their families.