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Industry luminary: Remembering Jack Friedman

By: William Graham, Frutarom USA
Posted: July 26, 2006, from the August 2006 issue of P&F magazine.

Now, one year after his death, it seems comforting to recall him, as well as all that he represented to his family and to his industry colleagues. Jack, the son of Polish immigrants, grew up in Chicago. My uncle’s humble beginnings contributed to his characteristic unpretentious style that led him to always strive to “do the right thing.” In later years, even when he had become a successful and well-known industry leader, a strong measure of down-to-earth values prevailed, complementing an innate graciousness and concern for those not as fortunate.

Jack served honorably as a Marine in the Pacific during World War II. Upon his return from the war, a family member introduced him to Lorraine Lakritz, who Jack later married. Lorraine’s family had a small, yet prosperous fragrance and flavor company, and Jack was recruited. It was the beginning of his decades-long career at Florasynth, during which he transformed the modest but successful company into a multinational flavor and fragrance organization that ranked among the top 10 in the global arena.

Topics covered: Professional Successes and Personal Achievements

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