Local attorney Bennett B. Friedman, 89, passed away on Sunday (March 17, 2013).
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He was born June 30, 1923.
Prior to becoming ill, Mr. Friedman had been practicing law in Bradford for more than 50 years.
He attended the University of Michigan and later transferred to and graduated from Harvard University. His education was interrupted by World War II when he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1943 and was discharged on Feb. 10, 1946, after serving in the 7th Army as an interpreter for the questioning of Reichsmarshall Hermann Goering after the fall of Germany. Following his discharge from the U.S. Army, he attended and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1949.
He was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar on Nov. 14, 1949, to the Federal District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania, on Feb. 12, 1951, to the U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 20, 1958, and to the New York Bar on Feb. 19, 1996.
In addition to his law practice in Bradford, Mr. Friedman was a leader and participant in numerous Bradford "firsts." He helped organize the Class D Bradford Community Baseball Club, the Bradford Parking Authority, the Bradford Kiwanis Club Memorial Fund, and the Bradford Regional Airport Authority.
He was also legal counsel for the new Bradford Area Public Library and the upgrading of runways at Bradford Area Regional Airport. Mr. Friedman was also a president of the Bradford School Board on which he served from 1964 to 1973. He served on the Selective Service board for 15 years. He was a past president of the Bradford Junior Chamber of Commerce. For his long-time membership in and contributions to the Bradford Kiwanis Club, Mr. Friedman was awarded the Legion of Honor Award.
He is survived by a niece, Nancy Stein Elman of Pittsburgh.
Mr. Friedman was preceded in death by Mildred Friedman; Gloria Roblin Friedman; loving daughter, Amy Hope Friedman; and niece, Diane Stein.
There will be no public funeral services. Burial will be in Willow Dale Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.
Memorial contributions may be made to Bradford Creative and Performing Arts Center (BCPAC) at 10 Marilyn Horne Way, Bradford, PA 16701.
Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com
Published in The Bradford Era from Mar. 19 to Mar. 25, 2013