Dr. Milton Friedman, 79, of Margate, NJ, formerly of Elkins Park, PA, passed away on April 17. He graduated Central High School in Philadelphia. He attended Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, and upon graduation, enrolled in Jefferson Medical School. As a physician, he interned at Albert Einstein Medical Center and practiced family medicine in Northeast Philadelphia for more than 40 years. He loved what he did and was adored by his patients and respected by his colleagues.
Milton, a veteran of Vietnam, was a Captain in the Air Force from 1966-1968. In Vietnam, he started looking up in the sky and so began a lifelong passion for astronomy. Up until his death, he was President of the Rittenhouse Astronomical Society, the oldest astronomical society in the United States, a position he held for 36 years. During his tenure, he brought in guests such as Carl Sagan, Sally Ride, Clyde Tombaugh, and the Chief Vatican Astronomer, Guy Consolmagno, to the Franklin Institute. He continued to write weekly columns for The Times Chronicle and Glenside News from 1974 until his passing. He loved to learn and share his knowledge with friends, family and others.
Milton is survived by his loving wife, Shirley, of almost 50 years, a daughter Joann, a son Mark and wife Jen, grandchildren Jacob, Rachel, Laney and Raina, and sister Eleanor Shmokler (Leon). He will be sadly missed by all those who had the pleasure of knowing him. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his honor to woundedwarriorproject.org