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Lawrence J. Friedman, 79; Prominent L.A. Psychiatrist

Dr. Lawrence J. Friedman, prominent psychiatrist and former dean of the Los Angeles Psychoanalytic Institute, died of bone cancer at his Los Angeles home Wednesday night, his family said. He was 79.

Friedman was the author of several books, including “How Much Pleasure, How Much Pain?” and “The White Savage,” studies of intolerance and racism that were translated into numerous languages.

He was born in what was then Austria-Hungary, studied medicine at the University of Vienna and came to the United States in 1935. In order to practice medicine in this country, he served a residency at what was then Cedars of Lebanon Hospital.

Draft Number

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In 1940, his draft number was the first one drawn by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and he entered the Army, where he served as a medical officer.

He was an avid collector of Chinese art and traveled extensively in the Far East. He and his wife, Marianne, were also active in little theater groups.

In addition to his wife, he leaves two married daughters, Barbara Forman and Lorraine Gardner, as well as three grandchildren.

Funeral services will be private. Burial will be at Westwood Village Memorial Park.

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