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John Freidenrich elected board of trustees president
STANFORD -- Atherton attorney and venture capitalist John Freidenrich, 55, has been elected to a one-year term as president of the Stanford University board of trustees.
Elected Friday, June 12, he succeeds San Francisco attorney James Gaither, who had led the board since 1988.
Born in San Francisco and reared in Palo Alto, Freidenrich earned two degrees from Stanford - his bachelor's in economics in 1959 and his law degree in 1963. His father, David Freidenrich, a member of the Class of '26, earned a Stanford law degree in 1928.
In 1968, Freidenrich helped found the Palo Alto law firm of Ware and Freidenrich; eight years later, he formed the Silicon Valley venture capital firm Bay Partners.
Freidenrich said he was honored "at this expression of confidence in me" by board colleagues. He said he was looking forward to "working with Don Kennedy during the presidential transition" and also "being helpful to Gerhard Casper in his efforts." Casper takes over from Kennedy as Stanford's president on Sept. 1.
Freidenrich has been active in numerous Stanford fund- raising efforts, including those sponsored by the Stanford Hospital and the university. He was national co-chairman of the major gifts committee of the recently completed $1.269-billion Centennial Campaign.
Freidenrich is a director of the Stanford University Hospital and the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, and serves on the Jewish Studies Program advisory board. Freidenrich also is a trustee of the investment fund of the Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation.
A member of the board of trustees since 1987, Freidenrich currently chairs the trustee committee on the medical center and is past chair of the special committee on investment responsibility. This past year, Freidenrich served on a special trustee committee on budget and strategic planning that met frequently with university administrators and faculty to plan solutions to Stanford's budget problems.
During the Centennial Campaign, Freidenrich and his wife, Jill Clumeck Freidenrich, endowed the directorship of the Stanford Museum of Art. Jill Freidenrich earned her bachelor's degree at Stanford in modern European literature in 1963 and is active with the Committee for Art at Stanford.
Reflecting their interest in helping students, the couple earlier endowed four undergraduate scholarships.
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