Tuesday, July 29, 2014 Av 2, 5774
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A memorial service will be held on Feb. 9 at 3:00 pm at Glen Foerd on the Delaware for Arthur L. Friedman, who headed a prominent Philadelphia exhibit design firm and was a well-known sailing enthusiast in the Delaware Valley.  Mr. Friedman died January 12 in Miami after suffering from respiratory illnesses including COPD.  He was 78.  Arthur Friedman was president and creative sparkplug for more than 30 years at General Exhibits Inc., which created trade show exhibits and other attractions for a diverse array of commercial, government, museum, educational and other clients. He was regarded as a pioneer in the adaptation of advanced technology, including computerization, videography and modern sound techniques, to the exhibits produced by the firm, which was located at 20th Street and Washington Avenue.  General Exhibits' commercial clients included Pan American World Airways, Polaroid, US Surgical and Subaru of America. The firm also produced attractions for the Baltimore Aquarium, the New York Aquarium, the Air and Space Museum in Washington, the Nautilus Museum in Groton, Conn. Mr. Friedman also worked as an adjunct instructor for several years at the University of the Arts, teaching in the Museum Exhibition and Design Program.  A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Mr. Friedman was born July 10, 1934, to Harry and Goldy Friedman. The family later moved to Philadelphia and Mr.         Friedman graduated from Olney High School in 1952 and earned a bachelor's degree in industrial design from Philadelphia College of Art in 1956. Mr. Friedman began sailing in the 1960s and went on to become an expert yachtsman whose log included numerous long-distance sails along the Atlantic Coast and in inland waterways. He competed often in the grueling yachting race run annually from Marion, Mass., to Bermuda.  A longtime member and director of the Delaware River Yacht Club (DRYC), who was also involved in Chesapeake Bay Yacht Club, Mr. Friedman was active in promotion of  boating and environmental affairs. He was the DRYC's liaison with Sea Scout Ship 484, which is used to train young people in sailing and nautical skills and was a director of the Pennsylvania Boating Association, which represents boating interests with the state government and legislature in Harrisburg. Mr. Friedman was a 50-year resident of the Greenbelt Knoll community and led the succcessful campaign to gain landmark status for the enclave, which was the first planned racially integrated community in Philadelphia. As a result of his efforts, Greenbelt Knoll was placed on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places in 2006 and the National Register of Historic Places in 2010. He moved to Miami in 2012. His wife of 53 years, the former Lilliam Harris, died in August 2010. He was also predeceased by a sister, Sally. Survivors include his children, Caren of Langhorne, Pa., a professor of art at Bucks County Community College; Jorey, of Coral Gables, Fla., an architect and vice president of  SB Architects, Paul (Cork), senior television producer for Al Roker Entertainment, and a grandson, Jacob Lecure.  Memorial contributions can be made to the Delaware Riverkeeper Network http://www.delawareriverkeeper.org/ 

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