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Conrad R. Freund

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Conrad R. Freund Obituary
April 23, 1946 - February 14, 2016 Conrad Freund, who played key roles in producing and managing the unprecedented surplus of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games, died February 14, in Virginia, of complications related to cancer treatment. He was 69. "The Olympic Movement owes Conrad Freund a debt of gratitude," said Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee President Peter Ueberroth. "He made a major contribution to the success of the 1984 Olympic Games." A graduate of Brother Rice High School, in Chicago, Freund earned a degree in finance from Roosevelt University, in 1973. He met Ueberroth in 1979, while working for a diversified financial services company in Los Angeles, and was instrumental in arranging office space in Los Angeles' Century City for the fledgling organizing committee. "The Olympic organizing committee didn't have much support in those early days," said Ueberroth. "But Conrad reached out to us with open arms." Ueberroth soon hired Freund as the committee's controller, in 1979, and then promoted him to treasurer and chief financial officer. Following the Games, Freund transitioned to the LA84 Foundation (formerly the Amateur Athletic Foundation), a youth sports foundation in Los Angeles created to manage Southern California's share of the $233 million Olympic Games surplus. Freund managed the foundation's investment portfolio as the vice president of finance, treasurer, chief financial officer and eventually chief operating officer. The LA84 Foundation's financial performance consistently ranked among the best in the nation for foundations of its size, enabling it to make grants to 1,200 organizations serving 4 million youngsters. Institutional Investor magazine named Freund as the Small Foundations Manager of the Year in 2012. In addition to his foundation duties, Freund was the president of the Pierce College Foundation and a steward of the Casitas Fund, the U.S. Rowing's endowment from the 1984 Olympic Games. Freund resigned from the LA84 Foundation in September 2012, and moved to Virginia to be closer to his grandchildren. He married Brenda Soniega, in January 2014, in Clifton, Virginia. In retirement, Freund remained active as board chair of Kids in Sports, a Los Angeles charity that develops neighborhood youth sports programs, and as a volunteer at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and his grandson's elementary school. Freund is survived by his wife, as well as his two daughters by a previous marriage, Karyn Pistole and Kristen Licciardo; his sons-in-law Dan Pistole and Martin Licciardo; and his grandchildren Gavin and Giada Licciardo. His family members were at his bedside when he died. The family requests that any donations in Freund's memory be made to the Prostate Cancer Foundation.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Feb. 24 to Feb. 28, 2016
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