April 21, 1928 - January 19, 2021 Howard I. Friedman - Prominent Attorney and Longtime Jewish Leader 1928-2021Howard Irwin Friedman, former Chairman of the Board of the Skirball Cultural Center, past national President of the American Jewish Committee and retired partner of Loeb & Loeb, died in Encino, California on January 19, 2021 from complications due to Covid-19. Born on April 21, 1928 in Chicago, Ill, and raised in Oklahoma City, OK., Howard met the love of his life, the former Wilma Mann of Tulsa. Howard received a BA, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Oklahoma, MA from the University of Chicago, and LLB from the Yale Law School, where he was a Note Editor of the Law Journal. At the end of the Korean War, he served as a Captain in the US Air Force/JAG Corps. He then moved to California to teach at Stanford Law School. Howard spent his career at Loeb & Loeb, where he was the managing partner and head of the litigation department, as well as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. All his life, Howard was a tireless Jewish leader. He learned Jewish values from his parents Sam and Emma, who founded The Southwest Jewish Chronicle, 1932-1991, which circulated and united the small Jewish communities of the Southwest.Serving as the national President of the American Jewish Committee from 1985-1988, he was also an Emeritus Governor of the Board of Overseers of the Hebrew Union College. In 1996, he was one of the founders of the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, and served as Chairman of the Board from 1996-2014.Howard was a fierce advocate for what he believed was right: in 1948, while a student at OU, he led on-campus protests in support of Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher, a Black student denied admission to the law school on the basis of her race; in 1992, he joined the ACLU to appeal for a stay of execution for a convicted killer who suffered from fetal alcohol syndrome.Howard is survived by his wife of 69 years, Wilma Mann Friedman, daughters Lesley Friedman Bodzy (Gerald), Beth Cates (Ron), son Harry Friedman (Melanie Stern), grandchildren Sam Cates, Elana Cates, Joshua Friedman, Nathan Friedman, Marc Bodzy, Rachel Bodzy, and sister Sandra Czarlinsky. He will be missed by many nieces, nephews, friends and colleagues. Burial, private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honor of Howard to the Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049.
Published in Los Angeles Times from Jan. 22 to Jan. 24, 2021.