Rose Friedman

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Rose Friedman
Friedman in 2004
Born(1910-12-00)December 1910
DiedAugust 18, 2009(2009-08-18) (aged 98)
Other namesRose D. Friedman, Rose Director
Alma materReed College
University of Chicago
SpouseMilton Friedman
ChildrenDavid D. Friedman
Jan Martel

Rose Director Friedman (/dɪˈrɛktər ˈfrdmən/; born Rose Director (December 1910 – 18 August 2009), was a free-market economist and co-founder of the Milton and Rose D. Friedman Foundation.[1][2]


Rose Director was born in Staryi Chortoryisk, in Ukraine, to the Director family, prominent Jewish residents. She is believed to have been born the last week of December, 1910; however, the birth records have been lost. In her youth, she wrote articles with Dorothy Brady on consumption. Rose Friedman attended Reed College and then transferred to the University of Chicago, where she received a Bachelor of Philosophy degree. After this she began to study for a doctorate in economics at the University of Chicago and completed all work necessary for the Ph.D. except for writing the dissertation.

She was married to her frequent collaborator, Milton Friedman (1912–2006), who won the 1976 Nobel Prize in Economics. Her brother, Aaron Director (1901–2004), was a professor at the University of Chicago Law School and one of the founders of the economic analysis of law.

External video
video icon Presentation by Milton and Rose Friedman on Two Lucky People: Memoirs, August 14, 1998, C-SPAN

With Milton, she co-wrote two books on economics and public policy, Free to Choose and Tyranny of the Status Quo, and their memoirs Two Lucky People, which appeared in 1998. Together they founded EdChoice (formerly the Milton and Rose D. Friedman Foundation), with the aim of promoting the use of school vouchers and freedom of choice in education. She also co-produced the PBS television series, Free to Choose, and assisted her husband in writing his 1962 political philosophy book Capitalism and Freedom.

She received an honorary LL.D. in December 1986 from Pepperdine University.

When Milton received his Medal of Freedom in 1988, President Ronald Reagan said jokingly in his speech that Rose was known for being the only person to ever have won an argument against Milton. The Friedmans had two children, Janet and David.


  1. ^ Weber, Bruce (18 August 2009). "Rose Friedman, Economist and Collaborator, Dies at 98". The New York Times. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
  2. ^ Chen, Vivien Lou (18 August 2009). "Rose Friedman, Economist Partner of Husband Milton, Dies at 97". News. Bloomberg. Archived from the original on 5 November 2013. Retrieved 25 July 2014.

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