Geoffrey Gund, president of the board of trustees, made the following statement on behalf of The George Gund Foundation on the passing of George Gund III.
“The deep sadness that my family feels at the passing of my brother George is shared by the entire extended family of The George Gund Foundation and, I am sure, by those who knew George through the Foundation’s work. He served faithfully and with honor as a trustee of the Foundation for 44 years, carrying out the wishes of our father, his namesake, to contribute to human well-being and the progress of society. He enthusiastically supported the Foundation’s long-term and patient investments in the transformation of Cleveland and he also personally engaged in that effort. Among his many civic pursuits were the founding of the Cleveland Cinemateque and as a founding trustee of the Cleveland International Film Festival. He was a trustee emeritus of the Cleveland Museum of Art and a national trustee of the Cleveland Orchestra. He avidly supported the creation of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, and when a national newspaper surveyed readers on the location choice, George set up speed dialers to boost Cleveland’s successful drive.
“In all of his endeavors George was a thoughtful, generous and gentle presence. He will be greatly missed but always remembered.”