Wilbur H. Friedman ’30

December 16, 2010

Summer 2011

Wilbur H. Friedman ’30 was a leading tax lawyer and a generous supporter of Columbia Law School. He passed away on December 16, 2010, at the age of 103.

Friedman attended both Columbia College and the Law School, where he received his juris doctor in 1930. Following graduation, he clerked for Justice Harlan Fiske Stone, Class of 1898, at the U.S. Supreme Court. Stone became a mentor to Friedman, encouraging the young attorney to specialize in the field of tax law. That advice helped shape Friedman’s career.

After the clerkship, Stone helped Friedman secure a position in the U.S. Solicitor General’s Office, where he worked on multiple tax cases. A year later, in 1932, Friedman joined the firm now known as Proskauer Rose, where he served as chair of its tax department for 50 years.

Throughout his career, Friedman maintained strong ties to Columbia Law School. He helped establish the Harlan Fiske Stone Fellowship in 1970 and served as the first chairman of the Board of Visitors Executive Committee in 1977. Friedman also served as a trustee for the Edith C. Blum Foundation, a charitable organization that funded the establishment of the Wilbur H. Friedman Professorship in Tax Law at the Law School in 1986. To recognize Friedman’s prestigious career and his commitment to philanthropy, the Law School awarded him the Medal for Excellence in 1983.

Friedman is survived by his wife, Frances, as well as numerous family members
and friends.