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FRIEDMAN, Terry and Paula

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FRIEDMAN, TERRY and PAULA. Based on years of volunteerism to the community and philanthropy, Terry and Paula Friedman were recipients of the 50th annual Telegraph Herald FIRST CITIZEN AWARD. In recognizing the organizations to have benefited by their generosity, the Telegraph Herald highlighted OPENING DOORS, Divine Word Seminary, Stonehill Franciscan Services, CARNEGIE-STOUT PUBLIC LIBRARY, COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF GREATER DUBUQUE, CHURCH OF THE RESURRECTION, STEEPLE SQUARE, and the BOYS' AND GIRLS' CLUB OF GREATER DUBUQUE.

Terry was a graduate of WAHLERT CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL, LORAS COLLEGE, and Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. While working in the office of the JOHN DEERE DUBUQUE WORKS, he met Paula who convinced him to remain in Dubuque. He joined FRIEDMAN INSURANCE AGENCY, the family business, in 1980. He has been a member of such professional organizations as the Mid-America Insurance Conference as a board member, Independent Insurance Agents of Iowa as past president, and the Workers Compensation Appeals Board as a member. In 2019 he was the CEO of The Friedman Group.

Paula was a graduate of Aquinas High School in Fort Madison, Iowa and CLARKE UNIVERSITY. She worked for the Sheppley Company until the birth of their first child when she chose to become a stay-at-home mother.

Community service began through their church where Paula and other mothers performed service projects as a group. Together, Terry and Paula helped other couple prepare for marriage through church-affiliated programs.

Terry began over twenty years of service to the DUBUQUE GIRLS' CLUB and assisted the organization through a merger in 1999 that led to the Boys' and Girls' Club of Greater Dubuque.

Paula began working with Opening Doors assisting women and children experiencing homelessness. At the time, the organization offered only the TERESA SHELTER for emergency and extend-stay programs. This was later expanded with MARIA HOUSE and Francis Apartments. She also undertook to provide meals for people who lost a loved one and making mittens. Usually offered to silent auctions, the mittens were sold with proceeds going to causes holding the auctions.

Following the lead of Terry's parents, the couple joined the board of Divine Word College. From 2004 through 2013, during the time they served on the board, the school became co-educational.

The selection of Terry and Paula created the first father-son recipient case in the history of the First Citizen Award. Terry's father, the beloved Larry FRIEDMAN received the honor in 1999.



Hogstrom, Erik, "Dubuque Couple's Philanthropy 'Effortless'," Telegraph Herald, January 1, 2020, p. 1A[[Category: Business Leader