We are saddened to announce the passing of CED Alumna Shirley Friedman.
Friedman was born and raised in Hanford, California. She attended primary and middle schools in Hanford and then Hayward after her family moved due to her father’s job. After graduating from Hayward High School in 1952, Friedman enrolled at UC Berkeley as a Decorative Arts major.
In her time at Cal, Friedman was in the sorority Tri-Delta, where she cultivated a lifelong friendship with Joan Didion, esteemed journalist and author of several essays, screenplays, and The Year of Magical Thinking. In the classroom, Friedman studied under renowned designer Charles Eames and Rodney Friedman, Eames’ teaching assistant and her future husband. Friedman graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1956.
After college, Friedman enjoyed an active life as a wife, mother, and traveler. Shirley Friedman died surrounded by her husband, children, and grandchildren on April 3 in Kentfield, California.
Ralph Butterfield (B.Arch ‘55) AIA, a well-known San Francisco architect and CED alum, passed away on April 7, 2019, at the age of 90.
After graduating from Berkeley in 1955, Butterfield joined the firm of Wurster, Bernardi & Emmons under the mentorship of William Wurster, founding dean of the CED and esteemed architect. In his professional career, Butterfield pioneered an array of projects. His portfolio included the award-winning Parkview Heights townhouses, Daniel Burnham Court, and San Francisco Towers. He closed the firm in 1998 and became a developer, designing and building multifamily housing. He retired from practice in 2009.