On Oct. 8, Carol Gelman Friedhoffer of Columbia at 77. She is survived by husband Jeff Friedhoffer; children Beth (John) Maier and Randy Friedhoffer (Rose Afriyie); brother Arnold (late Janice) Gelman; and grandchildren Matthew, Emily, Calvin and Bryan. She was predeceased by parents Marian and Sol Gelman and son Adam Friedhoffer. She grew up in Philadelphia and attended Girls High and the University of Delaware, from which she graduated with a degree in elementary education and, most importantly, where she met her husband, Jeff. She taught second grade and also earned a master’s in education. She then took a sabbatical from paid work to begin her unpaid, lifetime job of a mother, first to a baby girl, Beth, and then twin boys, Adam and Randy. She earned another master’s degree, this time in computer science. As the children grew she went back into the paid workforce. She worked at NSA for 25 years, as a computer programmer and then as a manager developing network security systems in the COMSEC/INFOSEC/IAD organizations. Upon her final retirement, she discovered a hidden talent, painting in water color.
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