Edward Louis Freers, 65, a retired Foreign Service officer and specialist on Soviet Union affairs, died Sunday in Monterey, Calif., after suffering a heart attack while visiting friends at Pebble Beach.
He had moved to California from Washington shortly after retiring in 1968 and lived in Palm Springs. His last assignment had been with the inspection corps here.
mr. Freers, who was a career officer, had served three tours of duty in Moscow. He was third secretary at the U.S. embassy there in 1945-48, first secretary in 1950-51 and minister in 1958-59.
He had numerous assignments as a specialist in the Soviet division of the State Department was on the faculty of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces here from 1963 to 1967.
Born in Cincinnati, Mr. Freers was a graduate of Yale University. He entered the Foreign Service in 1941 and later attended the Russian Area Special Studies School at Columbia University. He also graduated from the National War College here.
Other assignments were with the U.S. delegation to the United Nations and in Trinidad, Paraguay and Rome.
Mr. Freers, who had lived in Westmoreland Hills here, was a member of the Chevy Chase Club and DACOR, a foreign service officers organization. He was president of the Foreign Affairs Consul in Palm Springs.
He is survived by his wife, Elaine Dittes Freers, of the home, and a sister, Grace Thurnauer, of Cincinnati.