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Stanford B. Friedman M.D. ‘53

Hansville, Washington: Stanford B. Friedman M.D. ’53, born June 28, 1931, passed away June 23, 2013. Having accomplished great things on this Earth as a doctor, a father, a grandfather and a fly fisherman, Stanford Friedman has made his final trip to what we hope is the eternal fishing lodge in the sky.

Born in Seattle, Washington to Dorothy and Jules Friedman, Stan grew up in Lynbrook, New York and graduated from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio in 1953. While at Antioch, he met and married Roberta Henry. After marrying, the two moved to Rochester, NY where they quickly started a family and welcomed their sons Richard, Jeffery and Kenneth. Stan and Roberta were married for over 25 years and remained friends until his death.

Stan graduated from the University of Rochester School of Medicine in 1957 and considered U of R his home, though life took him many other places over the years. Along with a few of his contemporaries, Dr. Friedman was one of the first to research and develop the field of adolescent medicine. During his accomplished career he served as president of the National SIDS Foundation, Society of Adolescent Medicine, Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and the American Psychosomatic Society. Along with a few of his contemporaries, Dr. Friedman was on of the first to research and develop the fields of adolescent medicine and behavioral pediatrics. Dr. Friedman dedicated his life to the behavioral pediatric community and will be missed my many fellows and mentees who continue to carry out his important work.

Although his work was the great love of his life, Stan also had other passions. Keeping in line with his dedication to children, he served 6 years on the Pennfield School Board. He was also known for his lavish seafood dinners, his gorgeous flower gardens and his love of Beefeater Martinis (up, with a twist, glass of ice on the side). Nothing gave him more joy than discovering the perfect gift for a friend and those who were close to him often received surprise gifts out of the blue.

Stan retired to Hansville, Washington almost ten years ago. His dining room table looked out over the water and he spent his days there, reading The New York Times, watching birds and visiting with family. Those who had the honor of knowing him will miss the eerily pertinent articles he was fond of mailing.

Dr. Friedman is survived by his three sons – Kenneth Friedman ’83, Jeffrey Friedman ’81, Richard Friedman ’76 – and daughters-in-law, his ex-wives Roberta Borman ‘54 and Esther Wender, and by several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his nurse, caregiver and friend of several years Gary Nikolin. A family memorial celebration will be held at one of his favorite restaurants in Kingston, WA. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to the Al Denman Scholarship Fund at Antioch College.