Audrey G. Richman
RICHMAN: Audrey G. Richman passed away peacefully at her home on May 28, 2013. She was born December 28, 1935 in Pittsburgh, to Hyman and Jean Gefsky. She attended Taylor-Alderdice High School, the University of Miami (Florida) and the University of Pittsburgh. As a young woman she had lived in New York City, where she worked for Columbia Records, and was thrilled to meet many of its great artists from the sixties. Audrey was working for Coty Cosmetics as a make-up artist and sales trainer, and was living in Philadelphia when she met and married Stephen I Richman, a Washington, PA attorney. During their forty three year marriage she worked as a manager of real estate and as office manager of her husband’s law firm. Her chief avocations were traveling and cooking. Her travels took her to all non-polar continents, and included a trip around the world. Preparing to be an amateur chef, Audrey attended schools for cooking taught in Pittsburgh by the research chef of H.J. Heinz; in Positano, Italy, taught by the acknowledged master of the Neapolitan School; in Oaxaca, Mexico, and in Napa, California. Her primary residence was the Beau Regency Penthouse in Washington, PA, and she also maintained a residence at the Crystal House in Miami Beach, FL. As a Washington resident, she had been a candidate for delegate to several Democratic National Conventions. She was an active member of Beth Israel Congregation in Washington, PA. As co-trustee of the Stephen I Richman and Audrey G. Richman Foundation, and as an individual, she supported generously and enthusiastically religious, educational and cultural charities in Washington and Miami. Surviving, in addition to her husband, is her daughter, Susan Richman, and Susan’s husband, Mark Friedman, and by her grandchildren, Nicholas and Chloe Friedman, all of Hastings-on-Hudson, NY; a brother, Jay Gefsky and his wife, Rhoda, and by her nephew, James Gefsky, all of Pittsburgh. Deceased is her son, James Richman. Audrey spunkily endured rheumatoid arthritis for many, painful years, but with great strength and determination, she managed to overcome it by living according to her motto: “Lift yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again.” She was loved and will be greatly missed by her family and friends.