Jean Friedmann

Obituary of Jean M. Friedmann

Jean M. Friedmann Jean Louise (Mulvey) Friedmann died on July 25, 2016, in Princeton, NJ after a brief illness. Born in Lawrence, Massachusetts in on November 3, 1927, Jean was she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Leona (Buckley) Mulvey. She grew up in Andover, MA, attending local schools and then Abbot Academy, now Phillips Academy, in Andover. She was graduated from Wellesley College in 1949 with a Bachelor of Arts in History and. She worked for several years as an editor for The MacMillan Company Publishers in New York City. In later years, using the pen name of Emily Vincent, she became was a free-lance book reviewer for The Houston Chronicle, Best Sellers, and other publications as well as serving as a long-time editor of The Wellesley Magazine book review section. In 1956, she married John Friedmann in New York City. They raised their three children in New York City, Hastings on Hudson, NY, and Houston, TX, retiring to Princeton in 1984. Jean continued her editing and free-lance writing, volunteered for Literacy Volunteers of America and the Princeton Public Library, and served as an officer of the local Wellesley College clubs in Houston and Princeton. Jean was a familiar figure around town, attending many town and university events, and riding her bicycle and swimming until her final illness. She and John also traveled extensively until his death in 2009. Jean is survived by her children, Pamela Lowe and her husband Russ, Andrew Friedmann and his wife Darcy(Davis)Friedmann, and Thomas Friedmann and his wife, Amy Anderson, grandchildren Brian (Hillary Anderson) Lowe, Peter Lowe, and David (Heather Pratt) Lowe, Michael and Christopher Friedmann, Charlotte and John Friedmann, great-grandson, Sawyer Anderson Lowe, her sister, Susan Mulvey Rattray and her husband Bret; sister-in-law, Nancy Mumford Mulvey; cousin, Joanne Marlatt Otto; nephews and nieces Steven Mulvey, Kathryn (Patricia Lambert) Mulvey, Will (Heather Malin) Swarts, Hilary Swarts, and great-nephew Noah Malin Swarts. She was predeceased by her loving brother, Donald Mulvey. She deeply loved and respected, and was loved and respected by, her entire extended family and friends. The family plans a private burial service with a memorial service in Princeton in the early fall. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Princeton Public Library, Wellesley College, or a charity of the donor’s choice.
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