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Iris Rosen Friedman

FRIEDMAN: Iris Rosen Friedman. Originally from a farm in Jamestown, Pennsylvania, Iris Rosen Friedman found her joy in city life. After graduating from Simmons College in Boston in 1972, she earned her MBA from Columbia University in 1974 and lived in New York, Philadelphia and their environs for most of her life. She passed away on Aug. 29, 2022.
Professionally, Iris held several prestigious positions, including as a CPA at Coopers & Lybrand, an acquisitions specialist at Pfizer Pharmaceuticals and as a director for hospital finance for the State of New Jersey.
Known for her extreme generosity and acerbic wit, Iris was a people connector, a role she relished as the oldest of three girls. Her early leadership skills were honed as president of her District 3 BBG youth organization, encompassing several states from which she maintained a connection to the Pittsburgh community. She cherished her family and her friends with a fierce commitment and loyalty and an ever-present drive to do and share more. To her, everyone was immediate family, including her friends.
She is survived by her loving husband Dr. Robert Friedman, daughters Dara (Rob Kostow) and Jena (Josh Epstein), sisters Sara (James) Guttman and Beverly (David) Brinn and grandchildren Leo and Margot Kostow, and many adoring nieces and nephews. Iris remained sharp until the very end, maintaining her darkly humorous spirit even when faced with such a terrifying diagnosis. Those who knew and loved her feel robbed that she was taken so soon by pancreatic cancer because there was still so much life left in her.
Contributions may be made in Iris’ memory to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, (pancan.org), 1500 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266. PJC

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