Albert Fridkin, born November 30, 1925, passed away peacefully Friday October 18, 2013 in Houston, Texas.
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Born in Tyler, Texas, Al was the youngest of four children born to Jacob and Francis Markman Fridkin. After serving as a Navigator in WW II, he returned to Austin, Texas to finish his college education, where he graduated from the University of Texas. While working one summer at camp in Houston, Texas, he met the love of his life, Ruth Pearl Bogart and married in the summer of 1952. After a brief stay at Penn State, the young couple returned to Houston, where Al started a career as an Art History teacher in the Spring Branch School District.
Shortly thereafter, Al decided to invest and develop real estate in Houston and the surrounding area. Al was a very successful real estate developer for sixty years in Houston, developing apartments, building strip centers and building houses in Meyerland. After hooking up with partner, Raymond Kaufman, Al bought and sold land and continued his successful career until recently. Al enjoyed travelling, tennis and hiking.
Al was pre-deceased by siblings Frank, Fannie Forman Hochman, Anne Mervis, and by both his wife, Ruth Fridkin and his second wife, Joan Stern Scheps whom he married in December of 2004. Al is survived by children Paula Fridkin, Melinda and Joel Loshak and Gayle Brickman. Grandchildren Lauren and Clark Edlund, Brandon Loshak, Michael, Laura and Max Brickman and Dorian Gomberg.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude and appreciation to the entire staff at Colonial Oaks Braeswood for their support and friendship shown to "Mr. Al" during his residency. Thanks to Compassionate Care Hospice and Aaron Lupovitch for the beautiful care of our father. A special thanks to Lee Gordon for her continued support as his trusted assistant for over 20 years.
Funeral services will be held Sunday October 20, 2013 at 11:30 A.M. at Congregation Emanu El Cemetery at 8341 Bissonnet, with Rabbi Pam Silk officiating.
For those desiring to make contributions the family suggests, The University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, TX 77210-4486 or
, Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter, 2242 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX 77030-2008.
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Published in Houston Chronicle on Oct. 20, 2013