Allan M. Friedman

January 18, 1936 ~ April 30, 2022 (age 86) 86 Years Old


Allan M. Friedman, 86 of Chapel Hill, North Carolina passed away on April 30, 2022 at his residence after a 3 year, bravely fought battle with lung and brain cancer.

Allan, son of the late Max and Rose Friedman, was born on January 18th, 1936 in Bronx, New York.  He had a lifelong passion for airplanes which led him to attend Penn State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering and was a member of the Air Force ROTC.  After graduation, Allan was commissioned in the United States Air Force where he served our country proudly for over 10 years.  During his military career, Allan became a private pilot, earned a Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering at the University of Colorado, and was later stationed at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.  Upon leaving the Air Force as a Captain, Allan continued to work in the aeronautical field at WPAFB as a civilian, where he led engineering for several programs, including the A-10 and the F-15, the latter of which was one of his career highlights and fondest memories.  During this time, he was selected to attend the prestigious Alfred P. Sloan School of Management at MIT, where he earned a Master of Science in Management.  Allan was driven to excel in his field, so he later accepted an offer from the private sector and moved to Los Angeles, where he served as Vice President of Engineering for the Lear Siegler Corporation.  Always with an eye on the top spot, Allan later achieved his ultimate career goal when he became President and CEO of Energy Products Corporation in Santa Ana, California.

Allan and his wife of 37 years, Donna, decided to move east with a goal to be closer to family, but without snow.  So they settled in Chapel Hill, North Carolina where he enjoyed a long and happy retirement.  He was a fun and charismatic guy who was an avid Star Trek fan, loved classical music, had a booming, joyful laugh, twinkly eyes, a quick wit, and just the right amount of playful immaturity.  He was truly the life of the party.

Surviving Allan are his wife (Donna), children Jeff (Linda), Tracey (Rick), and Steve (Laurie).  Grandchildren Chadd, April, Jenna, and Joshua.  Great grandchildren Jagger, Julien, and Jaxon.  Sister Judy.  Nephews Ross, Cory, and Gregg.  Many other extended family members and friends.

Allan will be memorialized along with his fellow veterans at the Dayton National Cemetery in Dayton, Ohio.  The date of the service and a separate celebration of life will be announced later.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any contributions be made to your area Hospice service providers.  They are truly amazing people.

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