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Frieda Porat
Psychologist and teacher, passed away on September 20, 2012 at age 87. Frieda was born to Zonia and Liza Kritzman on their voyage to Palestine. She was a graduate of Hebrew University in Jerusalem, where she earned her Masters degree in Literature and Philosophy. She also earned a Masters in Psychology at Manchester University, England. Later she earned her PhD in Psychology. After moving to Palo Alto in 1962, Frieda practiced private therapy with children and families for 26 years. In 1971, she founded the Center for Creativity & Growth, a magnet for the humanistic psychology movement in Palo Alto. She published nine books on personal growth and organizational management. Frieda also lectured at various colleges and businesses throughout the Bay Area and internationally. When the Soviet Union opened to the West, she spent many months in Russia teaching the latest developments in humanistic psychology. She lived life full of passion, loved to paint and enjoyed travels throughout the world. Her vibrant energy and fire for life kindled long after her physical capabilities expired. Under the caring support of Hospice by the Bay, Frieda peacefully passed with grace and in comfort. Frieda's greatest source of pride and joy were her three children Marc, Ruth and Naomi and her seven grandchildren Jason, Liana, Jeremy, Stephen, David, Isaac, and Micah. Donations in her memory may be sent to Hospice by the Bay.

Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Sept. 30, 2012
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