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Fannie Kenin Friedman ’23

Fannie Kenin Friedman ’23, June 20, 1994, in Portland. She attended Reed for two years and the University of Washington for one year before graduating from the University of Oregon with a BA and a certificate in social work. She moved to Los Angeles and worked as a foster care placement worker in a Jewish orphanage in Vista Del Mar. In 1932, she became executive director of the Educational Center, sponsored by the National Council of Jewish Women in Seattle, Washington. She married Max H. Friedman in 1943 and the couple returned to Oregon that same year, where she became the state social service director for the Federal Transient Bureau. Fannie then became the Oregon Social Service director for the Works Progress Administration, a post she held until the conclusion of the W.P.A. In 1943, with the creation of the War Relocation Authority, she became the director of social work for the Japanese Internment Camp at Tule Lake, Oregon. At the end of World War II, she directed the resettlement of the Japanese in Oregon. In 1950, she served as the director of the 17th decennial census and then served as a volunteer for the Oregon Service for New Americans helping to relocate refugees from Europe. Fannie retired form the social service field in 1961 and became a licensed realtor, a second career that she maintained for over 15 years. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Ethel Metz Kenin ’39, a niece, two nephews, a great-niece, and two great-nephews.

Appeared in Reed magazine: February 1995

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