Murray D. Friedman, age 77, of Atlanta died Wednesday, April 4, 2018, after a yearlong battle with lymphoma.
Murray’s adventurous spirit led him on trips through six of the seven continents, including whitewater rafting out West, hiking in Central and South America, visiting the Australian Outback, participating in African safaris, and taking trips through the leading cities of Europe, the Far East and North America. He made his first trip to Israel in 1960 and returned many times to the Jewish land he loved so much.
Deeply held values of fairness, honesty and kindness guided Murray’s life and work. His devotion to Jewish education grew out of his children’s experiences at the Epstein School, Yeshiva Atlanta and Camp Ramah in New England and came into full bloom in his service on the boards of Camp Ramah Darom, the Weber School and the Epstein School. Later in life, Murray became particularly interested in the emotional and spiritual dynamics of teshuvah, atonement and forgiveness.
A loving husband, attentive father and fun-loving grandfather, Murray was known to family and friends alike for his generous heart, sense of humor, passionate storytelling and warm hugs. We miss him.
Born in Mobile, Ala., to the late Aaron and Sarah Friedman, Murray graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, served in the United States Army and received an international M.B.A. from Georgia State University. After retiring from the Coca-Cola Co. in 1993, Murray devoted his considerable energy and insight to Jewish and other nonprofit organizations, including the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, Ahavath Achim Synagogue, the Southern Order of Storytellers’ Buckhead Cluster and the Georgia Radio Reading Service.
Murray is survived by his beloved wife of 50 years, Lynn Friedman; brothers Dr. Leonard (Colleen) Friedman, Dr. William (Jill) Friedman and Jere (Ellen) Friedman; children Rachel (Carson) Milgroom, Rabbi Abe (Rebecca Krasner) Friedman, Anna (Warren) Fridley, Yesenia Quezada-Friedman and Brenda Quezada-Friedman; and grandchildren Isaiah, Simon, Odelia, Azriel, Yonah, Adam and Vincent.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Camp Ramah Darom, Ahavath Achim Synagogue or the charity of your choice. Sign the online guestbook at dresslerjewishfunerals.com. A graveside service was held Thursday, April 5, at Crest Lawn Memorial Park. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.