Edward Leonard Friedman, 94, of Middletown, died Jan. 30. He was the widower of Betty (Barnhart) Friedman. He was born in New York City. After serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, he earned a B.S.S. in psychology at the City College of New York. He received his PhD in psychology from Duke in 1956, moved to Middletown and began work at Connecticut Valley Hospital, where he worked for more than 30 years, many of them as the chief of the Alcohol and Drug Treatment Service. In 1985, he was honored for his service as a founding Board member and longtime consultant to The Connection and its community-based treatment and re-entry programs. He retired from CVH in 1989. He was an active member and past president of Adath Israel Synagogue for more than 50 years . He is survived by his children, Sharon Sekoll and her husband Robert of Manchester, Deborah Friedman of Augusta, Me., Sheldon Friedman and his wife Susanne of Arlington, Mass., and Jonathan Friedman of Ashland, Ore.; his grandchildren, Jessica Golembeski of Middletown, and Spencer, Sawyer and Zoe Friedman of Arlington, Mass. He was predeceased by his sister Anna Jean Pollack. Charitable donations may be made to Congregation Adath Israel Synagogue, P.O. Box 337, Middletown, Conn. 06457 or a charity of one’s choice. 


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