University professor, former Kamloops mayoral candidate Cindy Friedman dies

Cynthia (Cindy) Friedman.

A former Thompson Rivers University professor and former Kamloops mayoralty candidate has died.

Cindy Friedman died from an aortic dissection on Christmas eve morning while visiting her family in Penticton. She was 47.

Her husband Tom Friedman, president of the TRU Faculty Association, made the announcement today (Jan. 2, 2019).

As well as being well-known for her work at TRU, Cindy Friedman was a leading opponent of the Ajax mine project that was ultimately rejected by the provincial and federal governments. She was inducted into the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists in 2014, and was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (U.K.) in 2016.

She was also a member of the Kamloops & District Labour Council and the TRU Faculty Association. She briefly ran for mayor in a Kamloops by-election in 2017 but withdrew due to health-related family issues.

Recently, she taught at the University of Alberta and Concordia University of Alberta.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, Jan. 12 at 2 p.m. at the Kamloops United Church, 421 St. Paul Street. A full obituary is published here.

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7 Comments on University professor, former Kamloops mayoral candidate Cindy Friedman dies

  1. Sandy Abraham // January 3, 2019 at 9:17 AM // Reply

    Heartbreaking. Our sincere condolences to Tom, Nathan and Ben from all our famiy…Sandy, Daryl and Mike Abraham

  2. Wow !! My condolences to the family. The world ( at least the one in Kamloops ) is going to miss her. I used to look forward to her articles, and posts here, and other places.

  3. I can’t believe it! Didn’t know her well but I know Tom and his family and…I am lost for words. So sad, so incredibly sad!

  4. Our heartfelt condolences to Cindy’s circle of family, friends and colleagues.

  5. tony brumell // January 3, 2019 at 12:30 AM // Reply

    All of my cincere and heartfelt condolances go to Tom and Ben.We will miss her dearly.She was a great friend and advocate for the college and the work she did with KAPA.
    Bon voyage dear Cindy I will miss you

  6. I’m so incredibly sorry for Tom and family.

  7. Robert Bruce // January 2, 2019 at 9:50 PM // Reply

    my condolences to her family, a young tragedy.

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