Published in The Washington Post on Mar. 20, 2018
ALBERTUS LLOYD FREED
ALBERTUS LLOYD FREED "Jack" Died March 15, 2018 at
his home in McLean, Virginia at the age of 96.
He is survived by his son Alan, his daughter-in-law Nina, and
his granddaughter, Liza.
Jack was born July13, 1921 in Trafford, PA. His family moved
to Washington, DC during the Depression where he attended
McKinley Technology High School (1939).
He married his next door neighbor and high school sweetheart, Evelyn Heffernan, after leaving
the Army at the end of World War II. They were married for 68 years until her death in 2013.
He came from a long line of railroaders going back five generations including his great-great
grandfather who was a locomotive engineer during the Civil War. Jack Freed's career on the
railroad spanned over 40 years and took him to Chicago, Sarasota and other cities before he
returned to Washington as District Passenger Agent. He started in 1942 as a ticket agent at
the Washington Terminal and held several positions in the passenger department with the
Atlantic Coastline Railroad. During his time in Chicago, Jack arranged train trips to Miami, FL
which could include a side trip to Cuba on a steam ship called the SS Florida, and was in Cuba
when Castro took over. When Amtrak took over passenger service, he moved to freight sales
with CSX Railroad. He retired in 1983.
He was then Assistant Vice-President for Fruit Growers Express from 1984 until 1991. During
the 1964 presidential campaign, he helped the White House arrange the famous train trip
through the South dubbed the "Lady Bird Special" which was the first time that a president's
wife campaigned alone. Jack served twice as transportation chairman for Honor America Day
festivities which brought dozens of celebrities, among them Bob Hope and Jack Benny, to
entertain on the Mall for the Fourth of July. Jack served as the president of the National Defense
Transportation Association in 1977 and 1978, receiving the organization's distinguished
service award in 1980.
Jack was a longtime president of the Washington Skal Club, a prestigious international tourism
and hospitality group made up of global transportation executives. During and after his tenure,
he will be remembered for arranging and conducting dozens of international tours for Skal
members, their family and friends.
Since 1962, he belonged to the McLean Baptist Church, teaching Sunday school in the
church's Faith at Work program.
A private interment will take place at National Memorial Park, Falls Church, VA.
A celebration of his life is scheduled for March 24, 2018 For more information, please contact
Pat at 703-684-8807.
Religious Service Information
Mc Lean Baptist Church
1367 Chain Bridge Rd
McLean, VA 22101