Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Rose Friedman, 1911-2009. R.I.P.

Rose Friedman, the widow of Nobel Prize winner Milton Friedman, died yesterday. She was 97.

Friedman was an economist in her own right. When her husband was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2002 by President Bush said the former Rose Director was "the only person known to have ever won an argument with Milton." She would co-author many articles and books with her husband and is best known for the 1980 PBS series and companion book Free to Choose. I read the book several years ago and it is the most straightforward book on economics I have ever read. The best part of Free to Chosse is the section on school vouchers, an issue both Friedmans remained passionate about for the rest of their lives.

She was married to the Nobel Laureate for 68 years until his death in November 2006.

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