Ms. Friedman started her journey into her field at 14 years old when she began working at Good Samaritan Hospital in high school. She spent her high school years working part-time with the hospital dietician on the weekends and in the summer. She studied home economics and dietetics in college and received a bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University in 1953. She then obtained a dietetics degree from Massachusetts General Hospital, where she became a pediatric and research dietitian. From 1955 to 1962, she served as a therapeutic dietician at Oregon Medical School Hospital in Portland, Oregon, at a children’s hospital in San Francisco, and at Kaiser Hospital in San Francisco, California. From there, she served as the sole dietician at the Jewish Home for the Aged in Daly City, California from 1962 to 1965. She then moved on to become a therapeutic and administrative dietician at the French Hospital and the Harkness Hospital in San Francisco from 1965 to 1970.
In 1972, Ms. Friedman returned to the Jewish Home for the Aged as a part-time charter, and eventually joined the Sequoia Union High School District in Redwood City, California as the food service director before retiring from the field in 1995. Outside of her practical work in dietetics, Ms. Friedman served as chairman of the Neighborhood Heart Association in San Mateo, California. She also worked with the Sisterhood Community at her local synagogue and became the head of fundraising, for which she received a lot of recognition. In her spare time, Ms. Friedman enjoys baking, reading, and gardening.
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