Former TVA Chairman S. David Freeman dies at 94

Staff Photo by Meghan Brown / Former TVA board Chairman S. David Freeman died Tuesday at age 94

Former TVA Chairman S. David Freeman, a Chattanooga native who was an engineer, attorney and executive for three of America's largest electric utilities, died Tuesday morning of a heart attack in California, according to his daughter. He was 94 years old.

Known as "the Green Cowboy," Freeman was an outspoken advocate for renewable power and electrifying America. After President Jimmy Carter appointed Freeman to serve as chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority in 1977, he pushed the federal utility to promote conservation, as well as power plant construction, and built the electric vehicle test track in Chattanooga as part of TVA's early efforts to promote electric vehicles.

Freeman, the son of an umbrella repairman who operated a shop on what is now M.L. King Boulevard in Chattanooga, was born on Jan.