Reita (Henrietta) Brandt Fridman, born December 28, 1929, in Philadelphia died unexpectedly, September 21, 2013. She was a woman of great depth and wide-ranging intellectual curiosity, a role model who believed that you could get older, but did not have to be old. Trained as a medical technologist, she maintained a lifelong interest in astronomy, photography, religious studies and current events, antique collecting, music and travel. She was a member of the medical team that supported NASA's first manned space journeys and retired after many years from the University of Pennsylvania where she did pharmacology research. She was deeply involved with her family, especially her nieces and nephews, providing unconditional guidance, love and good times, as well as exposure to travel and education. In later life Reita gave generously of her time volunteering, especially for the City Line Time Bank. In her late seventies, she returned to the University of Pennsylvania, taking classes to fulfill her lifelong goal of finishing her bachelor's degree before her 85th birthday. She could be seen strolling along campus, and was never afraid to challenge her professors because she always believed how important it is to question authority. In her early eighties, she began classes in photography and several shows displayed her work. At the time of her passing she was taking classes to learn Hebrew. Reita married for the first time in her forties. Otto Fridman was the love of her life. They spent ten years together before he became seriously disabled. Reita lovingly cared for him for the next twenty years until he died in 2005. They traveled extensively and became avid collectors and flea marketers. During the marriage, Reita and Otto played a significant role in the rearing of their grandniece and grandnephew, Roaa Peretz and the late Eiran Peretz. In addition to Otto Fridman, Reita is preceded in death by her beloved parents Leon and Gertrude Brandt, and sister, Cecelia Brandt. She is survived by her sister Dorothy Joan Brandt and the honorary 4th sister, Anne Wilson. Additionally surviving her are Fred Phillips (nephew), wife Hyonsook, Beth Phillips Jensen (niece), husband, Dennis, Roaa (Peretz) El-Basri, husband Benyounes and Aura Ostrowski (niece), and grand nieces and nephews. There will be a private burial, followed by a memorial service at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Stroke Association and the Alzheimer's Association.
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