Longtime Fort Worth leader Cornelia Friedman passes away

Cornelia Cheney Friedman


Longtime Fort Worth civic leader Cornelia “Corky” Friedman passed away Monday, June 24, 2019.

Born in Fort Worth to Grace M. and Walker V. Cheney, she attended Alice B. Carlson Elementary, McLean Junior High and Paschal High School.

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She met her future husband, Bayard Friedman, at the University of Texas.

Friedman was to become Mayor of Fort Worth. While supporting Bayard’s community endeavors and raising four children she, not so quietly, became a leader in her own right: President of the Junior League, founding member of the Streams and Valleys project, President and Board Member of the Fort Worth Symphony, Chairman of the DFW Airport Opening Ceremonies, Van Cliburn Competition Board Member, Advisory Council of the School of Fine Arts University of Texas and TCU, Board Member of the Texas Sesquicentennial Celebration, Board Member of the Bass Hall, and most recently, she was Chairman of the Capital Campaign for the Food Bank of Fort Worth at 89 years of age.


Family: Daughter, Cornelia Friedman; sons, Harry B. Friedman, II, Walker C. Friedman and wife, Joan; grandchildren, Dillon Friedman and wife, Sara, Chase Friedman, Joan Paige Friedman; son, Alan Douglas Friedman and wife, Susan; grandchildren, Bayard Friedman and wife, Rebecca, Cheney Beshara and husband, James, Kerr Friedman and wife, Julie; sister, Courtney Dickerson and husband, Ray; nieces and nephews, Walton Lawrence and wife, Stephanie, (3 children), Walker Lawrence and wife, Kelly (1 child), Jay Schiller and wife, Torrie, Harry B. Schiller. Dan Schiller and wife, Susan, Stan Schiller and wife, Sharon. Mrs. Friedman has 8 great-grandchildren.

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The funeral service is set for 11 a.m. Friday, June 28, 2019, at University Christian Church, followed by burial at Greenwood Cemetery. Reception at River Crest Country Club.

Memorials: Contributions to the Fort Worth Food Bank or the Fort Worth Symphony.

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