Judy Friedman “Judith Williams”, Class of 1947
Journalist, PR Consultant, Business Owner, Community Leader
Through the years, Judith has been a strong supporter of Tucson and Arizona, a leading example of her profession, successful business person in related and other fields, a continuing booster of Tucson High. At Tucson High: writer, editorial board Cactus Chronicle and Quarterly, Tucsonian, Pep Squad, Dramatic Owls, Social Hour Committee, Junior Honor Guard, both National Honor Society and National Art Honor Society. Attended University Heights elementary school, Mansfeld Junior High, UA majoring in journalism, double minor history/economics. While still in classes at UA, she became part-time reporter Arizona Daily Star, later full time; promotion director Star/Tucson Citizen; publications editor Hughes Aircraft Company Missile Division. Opened Judith Williams Public Relations in 1963 – first full pr agency in Tucson, second in state. Handled pr activities for local, state, national political campaigns, variety of businesses, public and private educational institutions, retail firms, fine arts programs, philanthropic organizations. Changed company name to the JW Organization, mid 70’s; operates consulting firm to this day. Also, owner-director Rosequist Galleries 1978 till she closed it, 2001. One of the original owners KGVY big band radio; with group, owner Tucson Toros AAA baseball team. Late 70’s, adjunct professor, public relations, marketing department, UA College Business/Public Administration. Member Public Relations Society of American professional organization. Helped charter local chapter; regional director covering Arizona, Southern California, Hawaii, chartered Nevada; elected to national board 1976-78; selected Fellow 1994. Over six years, Arizona Lottery Commission (18 months chairman); Governor’s ad hoc Committee (Babbitt) to bring professional football to Arizona (helped write economic development portion of presentation to NFL expansion committee, early 1980’s. Twelve years City of Tucson Civil Service Commission (two years chairman), 9 years City Board of Adjustment, 9 years West University Historic District city advisory board Past president UA Women Studies Advisory Council (WOSAC), past president University Medical Center Friends, advisory board Arizona Prevention Center which transitioned to UA College Public Health. Past board member, president. Tucson High Badger Foundation. Currently board, Empire Ranch Foundation, Sonoita Family: four daughters (two THS grads), four grandchildren (one THS grad).