Longtime Stanford leader and hospital board member John Freidenrich dies at 80

John Freidenrich, LLD, an alumnus of Palo Alto, Calif.-based Stanford University who sat on the boards of directors of Stanford Hospital, died Oct. 11 at the age of 80.

Dr. Freidenrich was a lawyer and venture capitalist. Along with his appointment at Stanford Hospital, he served on the university's board of trustees and the board of directors of Lucille Packard Children's Hospital in Palo Alto. In October 2012, Stanford Hospital opened the Jill and John Freidenrich Center for Translational Research, established with a $25 million donation from Dr. Freidenrich and his wife.

"As we mourn John's passing, we can be grateful for having known such an extraordinary person, perhaps best known for his selfless service and dedication and for a life well-lived with deep meaning and purpose," wrote Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne, PhD, and board of trustees chair Jeffrey Raikes. "John showed tremendous confidence in Stanford as his alma mater, and may we honor his memory by continuing our work that he so valued in service to society."

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