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Joseph Friedkin was a graduate of the Texas School of Mines (now UTEP). He worked as a Civil Engineer with the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) for his entire professional career (with the exception of his time serving in the military during WWII). Friedkin was appointed commissioner of the IBWC in 1962 by President Kennedy and appointed to the position of Ambassador by President Johnson following Chamizal negotiations. Friedkin was instrumental in coordinating the resolution of the “Chamizal Issue” and led the IBWC through several other water resource concerns. Friedkin retired in 1986 and passed away in 2008.