In honor of her father, the late Aaron Friedman, Barbara Friedman-Kohler (B.S. Design ’73, College of Architecture and Design), her husband, and two sons (both Michigan alumni) have generously provided a gift to support the Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering Department facilities, including the interior renovation of the Marine Hydrodynamics Lab in West Hall. This renovated space, including modernized offices around the tow tank and a new computer lab, will be permanently known as the Aaron Friedman Marine Hydrodynamics Laboratory. It will feature a permanent display in honor of Mr. Aaron Friedman and his legacy, including two donated restored wooden sailboats that he made as a young boy and raced in competition at Belle Isle in Detroit.
Mr. Friedman graduated with a BSE in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering in 1943 from the College of Engineering, and also earned a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1947, after serving as a dry dock repair officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve during WW II in the South Pacific. He held a lifelong love of boats and the University of Michigan, which motivated his family to make this gift in his memory.