HRD celebrates Howie Friedman’s 57 years of federal service


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HRD and friends celebrated Howie Friedman’s 57-year federal career February 13.  Howie served as the long-time deputy director of HRD.  He started his meteorology career studying at New York University, where he received his B.A. from the University College of Arts and Sciences in 1960 and his M.S. from the Graduate School of Engineering and Science in 1967.  From 1960-1972, he was a meteorologist and project coordinator for the Research Flight Facility (now call the NOAA Aircraft Operations Center), then in Miami.  He worked at the National Hurricane Center as a tropical weather analyst and forecaster, and as the focal point for training World Meteorological Society Fellows.   In 1981, he came to the National Hurricane Research Laboratory (Now HRD), where he has been since.

Four retired National Hurricane Center scientists (l-r) Max Mayfield, Howie Friedman, Miles Lawrence, and James Franklin

His interest in education continued;  he participated in the Ed. D. Traveling Scholars Program at Florida Atlantic University, and, since he was also a licensed pilot, taught aviation meteorology at Miami-Date Community College, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and the Broward College/Aviation Institute.  In 1983,  He became a seconded expert to the World Meteorological Organization’s Tropical Cyclone Programme, where he worked on a reference guide for tropical cyclone-prone nations.  He was director of AOML’s Office for Equal Employment Opportunity, a former member of the NOAA EEO and Diversity Councils, the Science Advisory Panel of the Museum of Science and Discovery in Fort Lauderdale, past chairperson of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Board on School and Popular Meteorological and Oceanographic Education and the AMS Board on Women and Minorities.  He has served as treasurer of the South Florida Federal Executive Board (FEB), on the FEB Board of Directors, and is a founding member of the FEB Interagency Mediation Council and the Shared Neutral Alternative Dispute Resolution Program.

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He has received countless awards including two Department of Commerce Gold Medal Awards, the highest honor granted by the Department for distinguished and exceptional performance.  He earned the prestigious AMS Dr. Charles E. Anderson Award for his sustained commitment to fostering inclusiveness and diversity in all forms within the atmospheric sciences.  In addition, he’s an all-around great guy who lightened the workplace with his funny stories and good nature.  Howie will continue to participate in HRD and AOML work and activities despite his official retirement.  Congratulations, Howie!