Dr. Lawrence “Larry” Friedman. Courtesy of Stacy Keck

Dr. Lawrence Friedman, administrator and long-time supporter of Museum of Photographic Arts and La Jolla playhouse, is dead.

“Larry” Friedman, 69, died at his home on Monday; no cause of death was given.

Friedman was the former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) and a member of the Board of Trustees of La Jolla Playhouse. He was also professor of pediatrics and medicine at UC San Diego and held the position of Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs since 2014.

Deborah Klochko, Executive Director and Chief Curator of MOPA, said she and her colleagues “would like to send our sincere condolences to her family and her team at UCSD.”

“As a compassionate doctor, Larry has dedicated his life to helping others and making our community a better place,” Klochko said in a statement.

“As a 14-year MOPA supporter, director and past chairman of the board, Larry has had a monumental impact on the lives of other MOPA board members, staff and all who knew him… He will be missed and we will keep him and his family. our hearts forever.

Klochko said Friedman enjoyed traveling with the museum’s collectors lounge and was a strong supporter of the San Diego Human Rights Watch film festival, among other programs.

Debby Buchholz, CEO of La Jolla Playhouse, said Friedman was a dedicated member of the Playhouse board and a respected community leader.

“Along with his accomplished career at UC San Diego Medical School, Larry was a strong supporter of the arts,” said Buchholz. “He was thrilled when the Playhouse delivered hand-sewn masks to frontline health workers and proudly handed out hundreds of them personally. “

“He was a warm, outgoing and generous man who will be sadly missed by everyone at La Jolla Playhouse,” added Buchholz. “We join our colleagues at UC San Diego and MOPA in offering our deepest condolences to Larry’s family.”

According to MOPA and La Jolla Playhouse, Friedman is survived by his sister, Margie Friedman, his brother Gerry Friedman and his nephew, Kenny Friedman, and his fiancee, Jillian Lipstone.

Family members encourage donations to fund the Jewish Community Foundation, using the drop-down menu for “Fund Designation” and selecting the Lawrence S. Friedman Fund at www.jcfsandiego.org.

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