James Friedland, MD and Jean Malecki-Friedland, MD MPH
Northern Arizona University
James Friedland, MD and Jean Malecki-Friedland, MD, MPH are Lumberjacks through and through, even if they did not attend Northern Arizona University. As fans and philanthropists, their passion for the university is inspiring. They came to northern Arizona from Florida to fulfill their dream of practicing medicine on the Reservation. They were “impressed with the energy, warmth, and compassion of the people and overwhelmed by the natural beauty of the area.”
The Friedlands were drawn to Northern Arizona University “by its vision, mission, and goals, and the breadth, relevance, and quality of its educational and cultural offerings.”
With their strong admiration for the “diversity of Northern Arizona University’s student body and faculty, and how Northern Arizona University embraces all cultures, races, and ethnicities” it is natural that the Friedlands have directed their philanthropy to KNAU— they often participate in pledge drives—and to the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences’ Compassion Project.
They hope that “compassionate living and behavior among people holding divergent views will spread from the university to become a community-based initiative, ultimately recognized and modeled throughout the state, our country, and beyond.” Visionaries like the Friedlands are the difference that matters, and we are grateful for their passion and vision.