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C. Hugh Friedman, a past president of the California State Board of Education who was married to former Democratic Rep. Lynn Schenk, died Tuesday.

Friedman, whose death was reported by the U-T San Diego today, had leukemia. He was 81.

The Board of Education wasn't the only political appointment received by the longtime University of San Diego School of Law professor. The U-T recaps his service:

Mr. Friedman also served on numerous national, state and local boards and commissions, having been appointed by President Bill Clinton and California Govs. Gray Davis, Jerry Brown and Ronald Reagan.

Among his many positions, Mr. Friedman served on the California State Air Resources Board from 1999 to 2004 and on the White House Conference on Small Business Commission from 1993 to 1996. He was the president of the California State Board of Education from 1982 to 1984, and he served as the president, vice president and director of the Del Mar Fair Board between 1982 and 1986.

Friedman's wife, a Democrat, was secretary of the California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency during Gov. Jerry Brown's first two terms in office and chief of staff to former Gov. Gray Davis. She served one term in Congress in the 1990s.

Click here to read the full U-T San Diego obituary.


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