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Mary “Shorty” Friedman Birenbaum ’61

Mary -BirenbaumMary “Shorty” Friedman Birenbaum ’61 earned her M.A. from Columbia University. She has served the bulk of her adult life as a social service volunteer on local, state and national levels. During her residence in Kentucky she served on the Commission on Race Relations, as president of Girl Scouts-Wilderness Road Council, as a prison chaplain for the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, and as president of the Fayette County Council of PTAs. Other activities include local and state positions in the court-appointed Special Advocate Program and board member of the Midwest Council of the Union of Hebrew Congregations. She also has served a six-year term on the National Nominating Committee for Girl Scouts of the USA, and is a member of the international Girl Scout Friends of Our Cabana Committee. Recognitions include the Girl Scout Thanks Badge, National Conference of Christians and Jews’ Brotherhood Award, YWCA Woman of Achievement, and Earlham’s Pete Leland Award, which she shares with her husband, Georges ’63.  She and Georges currently live in Portland, Oregon, where she is volunteering at a residential treatment center for female drug users and their newborns, and occasionally assists Georges in the operating room in developing countries and enjoys her grandchildren. They are the parents of David ’88, Rebecca ’92, and Michael.

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