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Friedman, Lawrence D. Lawrence D. Friedman, Associate Professor Emeritus of Biology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and long-time resident of University City, died peacefully at his home in Kittery, Maine, on Sunday, June 23, 2013, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was the beloved husband of Janis Beckstrom Friedman and recently celebrated 53 wonderful years of marriage. He was born in Newark, NJ, on August 25, 1932, son of Benjamin and Ida (Schwam) Friedman. He was the first member of his family to attend college, earning a BA from Rutgers University, MS from Northwestern University, and PhD from the University of WisconsinMadison. Prior to his career at UMSL, he taught and conducted research for six years at Hiram College, Hiram, Ohio. While there, he was elected to the Town Council, and was proud to dedicate the new post office with his father, a lifetime postal worker, in attendance. He was hired at UMSL in September, 1966, and has come to be seen as one of the school's campus pioneers, helping to build a strong science division, Biology Department, and in later years the School of Optometry and College of Nursing and Health Studies. He served as Chair of the Biology Department from 1970-1972, and was one of the first on campus to have research funding from the National Science Foundation, which he used to fund a research program in genetics. He twice served as Faculty Senate Chair and also served on the inaugural Intercampus Faculty Council, as interim Associate Vice Chancellor, and as Associate Director of the Center for Student Success. In 1993, he received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Service. He retired in 2000 and was immediately rehired as Associate Dean of the Evening College, serving until 2002. He was elected five times to serve on the board of the UMSL Retirees Association (2003-2012). His integrity and his dedication to students was especially noteworthy-he received the 1990 National Academic Advising Association's Outstanding Advisor Award. He was also recognized by the UMSL Students with Disabilities Association with a Meritorious Service Award in both 1998 and 1999. In the community, he was instrumental in the establishment of the St. Louis Soccer Park and served as President and long-time board member of the St. Louis Youth Soccer Association (SLYSA). While he took great pride in his professional career, family was paramount. He was dedicated to his family and is remembered by all as a gentle and thoughtful man who was always interested in others. Some of his favorite times were spent with his wife and sons at soccer games, keeping score for Little League baseball games, going to the theater, leading family camping trips, discussing politics and St. Louis Cardinals baseball, and spending time at his cabin in Calhoun County, Illinois, on the bluffs of the Mississippi River. In addition to his wife, he is survived by sons Michael and wife Holly, and grandchildren Clara and Andrew, of Arlington, MA; Barry and wife Valerie, and grandchildren Cameron and Olivia, of Wellesley, MA; and David and wife Joline, and grandchildren Isabel, Eli, and Adrian, of Falmouth, ME; sister Lois Wilner of Boynton Beach, FL; niece Bonnie Vincent of North Andover, MA; and nephew Robert Wilner of West Deptford, NJ. There will be a private family service at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to .

Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on July 7, 2013
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