Traveling the world introduces us to amazing sights, smells and tastes. For Dwight Freeman, though, the best part of traveling is the people you meet.
Dwight moved to the Westerly Residences last fall. Over the years, he has logged thousands of miles throughout the United States as well as overseas. The benefits of getting away from home, he said, are many: “It’s the things you would learn: the cultures and languages, as well as education you could hardly get in school.”
In fact, Dwight and his late wife, Myrna, would take their children along to destinations throughout North America, expanding their understanding of the world. “The teachers would let us take them out; we usually had no problem with that. They would say they’d get more of an education than in school.”
Later, Dwight and Myrna began exploring the world. Some of his favorite trips were to Egypt, Russia and Greece. “The Greece tour was probably one of the biggest highlights. It’s a special place to go,” Dwight said, fondly recalling historical sites such as a monastery on a cliff.
Sometimes they had celebrity encounters, like meeting President Lyndon Johnson at the White House or comedian Marty Allen on the Panama Canal. Fortunately, they encountered few problems along the way. But there were a few tense moments once in the Czech Republic. “We were almost arrested because we didn’t have the right amount of money to get on the trolley, and we didn’t know that.”
Dwight grew up in Wichita, but the Freeman family saw a lot of the U.S. by living in several states over the years, too. Soon after they married, Dwight and Myrna moved to Denver, where he continued his banking career. Myrna worked in lab where she became allergic to one of their products, and her doctor recommended she move to a higher altitude.
That took the family to Cimarron, New Mexico. Dwight became the manager at a lodge in the resort town of Angel Fire, and Myrna became the first female registrar for Philmont Scout Ranch, a large camp that draws Boy Scouts from all over the world. They also owned an antique and gift shop in Cimarron. Later, they also lived in Rhode Island and, most recently, Louisiana.
Dwight still had close ties to friends here in Wichita, so this is where he wanted to be after his wife died. He’ll always remember his travels with her and the people whose warm welcome, culture and companionship enriched their journeys.