Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics:
Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
It is with deep loss and sadness that we report the passing of one of the founding members of the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (SDBP), Stanford B. Friedman, on the evening of June 23, 2013. He was a few days shy of his 82nd birthday. Stan fought for the development of our field through fierce determination and a long-range view. He was the first president of the SDBP. In 1976, Stan received a grant from the William T. Grant Foundation to train medical students and residents in pediatrics and child psychiatry, thus planting the seeds for our Society. He headed one of the first fellowship programs in this emerging field. He influenced the development of our field by initially providing guidance and insight and ultimately offering an historic accounting, ensuring that our own early development would not be lost as the field continues to grow.
Stan often commented that his academic home was at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, where he received his MD in 1957. He completed his pediatric residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School and a research fellowship in psychiatry at the National Institute of Mental Health. Stan became a professor of pediatrics at the University of Rochester, having worked there from 1962 through 1973. In 1973, he became director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and head of the Division of Behavioral Pediatrics at the University of Maryland, with appointments in both the departments of psychiatry and pediatrics. From 1985 through 1992, Stan was chief of the Division of Adolescent Medicine and Behavioral Pediatrics at North Shore University Hospital (Cornell Medical University). From 1992 through 2003, Stan was an attending pediatrician in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center (Albert Einstein College of Medicine). He served as president of the National SIDS Foundation, Society of Adolescent Medicine, and American Psychosomatic Society.
Among Stan's many awards, the year 1995 was particularly celebratory, as he received the Society for Behavioral Pediatrics Lectureship; the John B. Welsh Memorial Lectureship in Behavioral and Developmental Pediatrics; and the Outstanding Achievement in Adolescent Medicine Award from the Society for Adolescent Medicine. In 1999, he received the C. Anderson Aldrich Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
He served as editor of our own Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics from 1985 to 1996 and continued to provide guidance and support to the editors who followed him. He wrote more than 125 articles and many chapters and edited 2 books: Primary Pediatric Care and Comprehensive Adolescent Health Care.
Stan was married twice, first to Roberta, with whom he had 3 sons, all attorneys. He married Esther Wender, MD, in 1988.
Many in our Society received feedback from Stan, maybe in relation to a journal submission, an ongoing project, or as one of his fellows. He was generous with his time and energy, tireless in his curiosity and enthusiasm. One need only mention an interest in a topic or a research idea, and it would not be long before Stan would send along a relevant reprint or New Yorker cartoon. He connected many of us for many years in our professional endeavors and those ongoing connections remain strong. Thank you, Stan.