Thatcher Warren Freund

  • Born: September 13, 1955
  • Died: March 19, 2019
  • Location: Austin, Texas

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Thatcher Warren Freund, author, died unexpectedly, on March 19, 2019 at his home in Austin, Texas.

Born in Austin on September 13, 1955 to Karen Thatcher and Warren Stone Freund, he was a wonderful son, father, brother, uncle and friend. He attended Casis Elementary, O. Henry Middle School and Austin High School. Then he received a bachelor's degree in history from Stanford University and a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University.

Thatcher never met a stranger. From an early age he would make friends everywhere he went. He knew the names of every coffee barista and sales helper at his routine stops. His life-long love of reading and deep curiosity and interest in people, led him to a career as a writer. The acclaimed non-fiction book, Objects of Desire: the Lives of Antiques and Those Who Pursue Them, 1993, remains a must read for antique enthusiasts. Another fascinating book, The Python Trail: An Immigrants Path from Cameroon to America, 2015, was written in collaboration with Richard Afuma, whom he met while riding in a cab in Portland, Maine. Most recently Thatcher wrote memoirs and gave trainings and talks about capturing our own life stories. "Remember. Reflect. Explain." he would tell his audiences.

This warm, funny and sweet man is survived by his beloved daughters, Katharine Sims Lin Freund Knight and her husband Anthony Knight, of El Paso; and Anna Carrie Hammond Freund, of Northampton, Massachusetts; his parents Karen and Warren Freund and his sister Martha Freund Thomas, of Austin; and his four-legged companion, "T-Bone." A private family service will be held in Austin.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Austin Pets Alive.

Condolence & Memory Journal

Posted by John Cameron - Toronto, ON - friend   July 20, 2019

Posted by John Cameron - Toronto, ON - friend   July 20, 2019

Posted by John Cameron - Toronto, ON - friend   July 20, 2019

I met Thatcher when I moved to San Francisco in 1980. Thatcher was seeking a room-mate for his two bedroom apt in the Sunset. At the time, Thatcher was working as a paralegal. When he read a paragraph from Hemingway, I knew his love of literature would be wasted on the legal profession. Some of Thatcher's favourite things were listening to music, going to flea markets and smoking clove cigarettes. Funny and fun to be with, generous, kind, a great listener, Thatcher's surname suited him perfectly. Rest in peace, I will always remember you. My condolences to his family.

Posted by John Cameron - Toronto, ON - friend   July 20, 2019

i had only started getting to know thatcher in two of our classes together this semester in the counseling program at texas state. but i could see how kind and intelligent he was and that he had a unique mind. i wish i could have gotten to know him better. my condolences to his loved ones

Posted by julie villarreal - austin - Classmate   April 01, 2019

Dear Karen and Warren,
We were deeply saddened to read of the unexpected death of your son. Having lost our oldest son several years ago, we can share some of your loss. I call it the "hole in the heart" club.....not one we wanted to join. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers at the special time. With deepest sympathy, Holly and Jonathan Decherd

Posted by Holly Decherd - Georgetown, TX - Friend   March 31, 2019

Thatcher was a beloved part of our senior year "family" at Alpine Hill just outside of Stanford University, which we all attended. He was a combination of volubility and reflection and was a wonderful housemate. Two of my favorite memories are about cooking dinner, which we took turns doing. One day Thatcher was doing the food shopping for the house and spent an hour in the dairy section looking for "cream of tartar". The other was a mix-up with a tuna casserole when he accidentaly substituted cilantro for parsley rendering the dish inedible.
We had a lot of fun, a lot of heart-felt discussions. His death has given us all pause for reflection.

Posted by Holly Russell - Chapel Hill, NC - Friend   March 30, 2019

Thatcher and I were early members of the New England Monthly family. Like me, Thatcher thought he had landed in a pot of jam. Everybody was smart, funny, talented, enthusiastic, and just a little bit silly. Like so many in that group, Thatcher blossomed into a great writer. I still remember him pacing the office with those long, stork legs, fact-checking my excess prose with great exasperation, and suggesting we all go out for a beer. He will be missed.

Posted by Julie Michaels - Housatonic, MA - Friend   March 25, 2019

My thoughts are with all of you at this heartbreaking time. I am deeply saddened to hear of Thatcher's passing. I am an old friend (and roommate) from New England Monthly days, and have incredibly fond memories of him. Thatcher was a revered writer and a real inspiration to me as I launched a career in journalism. We cooked together, went walking on the frozen lake nearby, listened to music, talked and laughed a lot with our other roommate. He was brilliant, kind, wise and had a sharp wit. I will miss him dearly. I send my love to all.

Posted by Anne Hawke - Washington, DC - Friend   March 24, 2019

Thatcher, I will always miss you and remember the great times we had adopting our children together and then going to your home in Chapel Hill to have putenesca sauce on spaghetti and discuss politics. I am so sad to hear of your passing and wish we could have had our Teleconference Dinner as scheduled. My heart-felt love go out to you and your family.

Posted by Andy Kligerman - Hillsborough, NC   March 24, 2019

Dear Warren, Karen, Martha, and Freund Family,
I send my deepest condolences to you on the passing of your loved one and my friend Thatcher. He was a best friend in childhood and memories of fun times on Elton Lane are flooding back to me. As others have said, he was friendly, funny, and smart. The picture above captures his signature smile that was his companion. I wish you peace, comfort, and smiles as well as sweet memories flood back to you.

Posted by Brian Gaston - Austin, TX - Friend   March 24, 2019

I am sorry. I enjoyed his facebook posts about trying to get a dog to go out in the snowy New England winters. I understand it is the most difficult adjustment, to lose a child, and my thoughts are with you.

Posted by Ida Miller - San Marcos, TX - Acquaintance   March 22, 2019


My deepest condolences to all of you for your loss.

Posted by Kirsten Whitworth - Sequim, WA - Classmate   March 22, 2019

I am so very, very sorry to hear this sudden and tragic news of Thatcher's passing. My thoughts and prayers are you as you come to grips with this unexpected end to a gifted man and writer. Peace and strength to all, now and in the days and weeks to come.

Posted by Nancy Netherton Ellison - Houston, TX - Classmate   March 22, 2019

So, so sorry to hear of Thatcher's unexpected passing. Prayers to the family.

Posted by Claire Wendlandt - Austin, TX - Family Friend   March 22, 2019

Martha, I'm so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for you and Thatcher's family.
Kathleen Hearne Wight

Posted by Kathleen Wight - Austin, TX - Acquaintance   March 22, 2019

What a special person he was. He will be greatly missed by his friends and by his loving family.

Posted by Eugenia Miller - Austin, TX   March 22, 2019

My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Thatcher. When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure that fills your heart with love and brings you joy. May you find comfort in Jesus promise of the hope of everlasting life on earth at John 6:40.

Posted by VG    March 22, 2019

To Warren, Karen, Martha, and all our Freunds:
Oh, what devastating bad news for us to receive down in San Antonio. The Bowmans have loved the Freunds in Austin for half a century and over 4 generations. Mary Ann and Bob are weeping for you in Heaven today. We stand steadfastly with you now in this time of grief. With heartfelt condolences and hearts full of love for you.
Tibaut and Shelly Bowman

Posted by Tibaut Bowman - San Antonio, TX - Grandparent   March 21, 2019

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