David O. Friedrichs, 78, of Clarks Green, PA, died of cancer on December 1, 2022 at Allied Services Hospice in Scranton, Pa.
Born in White Plains, New York on October 31, 1944, David grew up in nearby New Rochelle, the son of CO and Nellie H. Friedrichs. He graduated from New Rochelle High School and New York University, where he was an active player in theater groups, and did graduate studies at New York University. He taught criminology, sociology, and criminal justice at CUNY-Staten Island and the University of Scranton for 50 years.
He has authored or co-authored and edited several books, numerous journal articles, book chapters, essays, and reviews. His main interests were white-collar crime, state crime, and critical criminology. He has been visiting professor or invited lecturer in Australia, South Africa, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Germany, Netherlands, England, Canada, Israel, India, Spain and Italy.
He has been active with various professional associations for decades. From an early age, he had the privilege of visiting nearly 50 different countries and every state in America. He spent most of his life in progressive politics, starting with the civil rights and anti-war movements of the 1960s.
He collected books and loved reading throughout his life. He was very proud of his children and grandchildren and cherished the time he spent with them, as well as his extended family, which was one of his hobbies. Friendships that spanned over 40, 50, and 60 years were highly valued by him.
David is survived by his daughter Jessica (Matthew) of Pittsburgh; his son Brian (Olga) of Anchorage; his grandchildren, Zarya and Pittsburgh, Indiana; ex-wife Jeanne of Pittsburgh; his siblings, Walter (Leona), New Rochelle, N.Y./Boca Raton, Fla.; Liska Snyder (Dick), Anchorage, Alaska; Christopher of Vancouver, BC; and Martin (Randye), New Rochelle, NY; his vacation/travel companion, Elizabeth Windle, Oceanside, Calif.; and, brothers-in-law, Steve Windle of New York City; and Pat Salt (Frank) of Damascus, Pa.; as well as numerous grandchildren and their children. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters-in-law, Sarka Friedrichs and Rhoda Friedrichs; his brother-in-law, John Windle; and his grandson Zenin was stillborn.
According to David’s wishes, there will be no viewing or funeral; a private memorial service will be held by his family.
He and his family are grateful to his caregivers during his final months, including Allied Services Hospice nurse Jonathan Budziak and social worker Dawn Jeziorski, and his longtime physician, Dr. Michael Kondash.
For those who want to commemorate him, David suggested the following: “Do what you love, spend time with people who are important to you, explore what interests you.”
There was no one quite like him and he will be truly missed by all who knew him as he was touched by his wit, curiosity and kindness.
To leave an online condolence visit the funeral home’s website. David’s care and private on-site cremation have been entrusted to Jennings-Calvey Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc., Clarks Summit.