Pomona has always provided strong roots for the Rodi-Freeman
family tree. Karl Rodi 29, who would later serve on Pomonas
Board of Trustees, was the first arrival. His brother Al Rodi 34
and Bertrice B.B. Freeman 33 met on campus, and two
of her brothers also graduated from Pomona. A third Freeman brother, Bob,
chose Occidental College, starting a friendly family rivalry. By the time
the next generation came to Pomona in the 50s and 60s, the
families were already closely intertwined. Another generation arrived
in the 80s and 90s.
Family members were active in a variety of sports: B.B. was an avid golfer,
as was Als and her daughter Berti Rodi Burruel 64, who was
Pomonas top womens player in 1964. B.B.s brother, David
Freeman 42, won worldwide acclaim as the first American to win the
world badminton championships in 1949. Al was captain of Pomonas
1933 football team. Both his son, Pete Rodi 62, also a football
player, and his grandson, soccer player David Rodi 87, were inducted
into the Pomona College Athletic Hall of Fame. Jim Galbraith 64
(currently an honorary Pomona trustee) and Peggy Rodi 66 led Pomonas
mens and womens tennis teams in 1964.
In 1964, it was Fulton Tony Freeman 37 (who served as
Ambassador to Mexico and Colombia during the 1960s), who spoke at Pomonas
commencement exercises, with several of his relatives among the graduates.