G. JOHN FRIESS, 79, of Orlando, Fla., passed away Thursday, May 8, 2014. He was born the son of George and Beatrice Friess in Fort Wayne, Feb 5, 1935. John graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1953. While attending the University of Michigan he joined the Navel ROTC graduating in 1957. He was commissioned as an ensign in the U.S. Navy sailing to ports in Asia and Japan. He returned to Michigan and received a MBA in 1960. He gained a position with the brokerage firm Smith Barney on Wall Street. He then moved to Europe and hitchhiked all the way from Cairo to Cape Town. He played small parts in 32 Hollywood movies including "Battle of the Bulge". After returning to Fort Wayne, he became Professor of Business and Dept. Chair at St. Francis College. He moved to Orlando, Fla. and played a major role in establishing the new office for Schenkel and Shultz architectural firm, retiring from there in 1994. Surviving are his sister, Nancy J. Clark, nephews, John, Randy, and Terry Clark; and niece, MaryAnne Miller. Private services will be held at the Catholic Cemetery.
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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on June 8, 2014