“Larry” Friedman, 69, passed away in his home on Monday; no cause of death was given.
Friedman served as the former Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) board president and was a member of the board of trustees at La Jolla Playhouse. He was also a professor of pediatrics and medicine at UC San Diego and had served as the associate dean for clinical affairs since 2014.
Deborah Klochko, MOPA executive director and chief curator, said she and her colleagues “would like to send our heartfelt sympathy and condolences to his family and team at UCSD.”
“As a compassionate doctor, Larry dedicated his life to helping others and making our community a better place,” Klochko said in a statement.
“As a MOPA supporter of 14 years, trustee and former board president, Larry had a monumental impact on the lives of MOPA fellow board members, staff and all those who knew him … He will be missed and we will keep him and his family in our hearts forever.”
Klochko said Friedman enjoyed traveling with the Museum’s Collector’s Salon and was a steadfast advocate for the decadelong San Diego Human Rights Watch Film Festival, among other programs.
Debby Buchholz, La Jolla Playhouse managing director, said Friedman was a dedicated Playhouse board member and respected community leader.
“Alongside his accomplished career at UC San Diego School of Medicine, Larry was an avid supporter of the arts,” Buchholz said. “He was thrilled when the Playhouse delivered hand-sewn masks to front-line health workers and proudly distributed hundreds of them personally.”
“He was a warm, gregarious and generous man who will be greatly missed by everyone at La Jolla Playhouse,” Buchholz added. “We join our colleagues at UC San Diego and MOPA in extending our deepest condolences to Larry’s family.”
According to MOPA and the La Jolla Playhouse, Friedman is survived by his sister, Margie Friedman, brother Gerry Friedman, and nephew, Kenny Friedman, and his fiancee, Jillian Lipstone.
Family members encourage donations to fund at the Jewish Community Foundation, by using the drop-down menu for “Designation of Funds” and selecting the Lawrence S. Friedman Fund at www.jcfsandiego.org.