Visionary engineer and executive Norman E. Friedmann ’50, M.S. ’52, Ph.D. ’57, passed away July 24 at age 89. A lifelong UCLA supporter, Friedmann was a UCLA Foundation Trustee (1987-2006), endowed the Norman E. Friedmann Chair in Knowledge Sciences (1987), was the School of Engineering Alumnus of the Year (1973) and received the UCLA Distinguished Service Award (1973).
Friedmann was born in Los Angeles and raised in Boyle Heights. After earning his three engineering degrees at UCLA, he began a career in the aerospace industry at Space Technology Laboratories. Among the projects in which he played a major role was the development of the Titan intercontinental ballistic missile. From 1982-87, Friedmann was a member of the Defense Science Board (1982-87), a committee of civilian experts appointed to advise the U.S. Department of Defense on scientific and technical matters.
Friedmann founded Computing and Software Inc. (later called Cordura Corp.), a provider of information technology-based services to corporate and government clients. He later became president and CEO of Daisy System Corp. and was chief operating officer of Herbalife International, Inc.
Friedmann is survived by his wife of 30 years, Dr. Irene C. Kassorla of Century City; sons Marc D. Friedmann of Solana Beach and Lance A. Friedmann of Chicago; daughter Keyla (Friedmann) Treitman of Oak Park; stepdaughters Ronnie Kassorla and Jackie Kassorla of Beverly Hills; and eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Sarelle (Riave) Friedmann and his sister, Norma (Friedmann) Sewelson.