Irvin Friedman – Class of 1935
Irvin was president of CIDAA from 1947 to 1953. He graduated from CID in 1935. He married Charlotte Stern in 1948 after meeting her through CID friends at the Frat Convention in Los Angeles in 1947 (the beginning of their romance). Charlotte was born in Germany, and her family moved to Amsterdam, Holland in 1938 – to escape the Nazi persecution of the Jews. In 1940 they emigrated to America. Dr. Goldstein invited Charlotte to St. Louis in 1940. Charlotte went to CID to learn how to speak English correctly and to write of her experiences. Her writings made Irvin interested in her. She left CID in 1942. During Irvin’s presidency of CIDAA, Charlotte designed a logo for the CID ALUMNUS in 1948. (CID ALUMNUS was later changed to CIDAA BULLETIN). They lived in Chicago and they gave many fund-raising parties for the benefit of CIDAA. They attended the 1952 and 1966 Reunion. They moved to Los Angeles in 1970.
At 1971 CID Reunion CIDAA President Alan Hurwitz gave Irvin a life membership award – for his 30 years’ continuous membership of CIDAA. While in California, Irvin was very active for Temple Beth Solomon of the Deaf, serving as president and vice-president. He founded Men’s Club. Irvin was a certified Dental Technician. He received many honorary awards from the Temple, Big Brother, and National Congress of Jewish Deaf. In 1994 Irvin became terminally ill. On December 20, 1996 he finally found his lasting peace. He was born on July 22, 1918 in Chicago. Charlotte wrote, “If it was not for CID, I would have never met him!!” Irvin is survived by his beloved wife, Charlotte, two sons, and three grandchildren, and his sister, Ruth Guthman, a 1933 CID graduate, who lives in Columbia, MO.