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CANFIELD Saul S. Friedman, 76, passed away on March 31, 2013.
Saul is survived by his wife, Nancy; his children, Jonathan Friedman (wife Leslie Rylke) Dr. Molly Friedman and Jason (Nicole) Friedman; and grandchildren, Maya and Tess Rylke-Friedman, Rebekkah Verdun and Noah and Liam Friedman. He is also survived by his sister, Rosalind Black.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Rebecca Friedman; brothers, Norman, Earl, Sheldon, Harvey and Kendall; and sisters, Jeanne, Phyllis and Racquelle.
Born on March 8, 1937, in Uniontown, Pa., Saul graduated from Berea High School in 1955 and he went on to graduate as valedictorian from Kent State University in 1959. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in History from Ohio State University and in 1969, he became a professor in the history department at Youngstown State University, retiring in 2006. He was an internationally recognized scholar in the field of Holocaust studies, publishing 12 books. In the late 1980s, he turned to documentary film making and five of these production won regional Emmy Awards.
Saul served as a leader in the Youngstown chapter of the Zionist Organization of American and a trustee for the Lillian Schermer Charitable Foundation. He was also instrumental in the dedication of a Holocaust Memorial at the Youngstown Jewish Community Center. Over the course of his career, he received six distinguished professorships, the Guardian of the Menorah Award from BNai Brith, the Triumphant Spirit Award from the Youngstown Jewish Community Relations Council and the Ohio Humanities Councils Richard Bjornson Lifetime Achievement Award for Service to the Humanities. The culmination of his work came in 2000, when he received an endowment from the Clayman Family of Youngstown to establish a Judaic Studies program at YSU.
A special thanks to the caretakers of Home Instead and Odyssey Hospice.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 4, 2013, at the Shriver-Allison-Courtley-Weller-King Funeral Home, 292 Madison Ave. in Youngstown.
Friends may call one half hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the National Parkinsons Foundation at http://www.parkinson.org or to the YSU Judaic Studies program.