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Morton Wallace Friedman M.D.

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Morton Wallace Friedman, M.D.

August 10, 1924 - November 25, 2014

An internationally recognized leader in eye surgery, died at his home in San Francisco on November 25 at the age of 90. Dr. Friedman was born in Sioux City, Iowa in 1924 and graduated with a joint BS and MD degree from the University of Iowa in 1948. He went on to do an internship and residency at the Los Angeles County Hospital while serving as a Lieutenant Commander in the Naval Reserve. During his residency, Dr. Friedman met Faega Rodin, whom he married in 1950. Together they had two daughters, six grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Having received further retinal training under Dr. Dorhman Pischel of Stanford, Dr. Friedman moved to San Francisco in 1955 to establish a retinal surgery department at Stanford Hospital. When the University moved its medical facilities to Palo Alto, he joined the Department of Ophthalmology at UCSF where he taught for 40 years, serving as a Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology. He introduced the binocular indirect ophthalmoscope to the San Francisco eye community and was a leader in procedures developing retinal buckling for retinal detachments.

In 1962, Dr. Friedman was appointed Chief of Ophthalmology at Mt. Zion Hospital, a position he held for fifteen years. He was a member of numerous medical societies, including the American Ophthalmologic Society, the American Retinal Society, and the Gonin Society, an international retinal association. He also served as a member of the San Francisco Ophthalmological Round Table and the Society of Heed Fellows and as President of the board of Prevent Blindness, Northern California.

The last years of his life were spent between his homes in San Francisco and St. Helena. His greatest pleasure was sharing time and ideas with his wife of 64 years, Faega Friedman, his daughters Rickie Ann Baum and Barbra Friedman, their spouses Rick Baum and Doug Loudon, his grand children Daniel Baum, Rachel Vranich, Abigail Baum, Zach Baum, Dylan Loudon and Ethan Loudon, and his great granddaughter Nora Vranich.

Private graveside services were held. The family asks that any donations in Dr. Friedman's memory be directed to the Jewish Home of San Francisco, 302 Silver Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94112.

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Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Nov. 28 to Nov. 30, 2014
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