By Jamie Vinson/Editor
George L. Freibert, 59, of Louisville, died in his sleep March 16 after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage. Freibert served as vice chair of the university’s Foundation Board for 14 years and presided as chair of the Foundation several months following Chair Bob Morgan’s resignation.Freibert was a graduate of Eastern and was inducted into the University’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni. He also was a graduate of Trinity High School in Louisville and served on the school’s Foundation Board as general chair of the Shamrock Campaign. In 1999 the school named him its Honor Alumnus.
Tim Hall, director of major gifts at Eastern who worked with Freibert for nearly three years, described him as a “phenomenal individual.” Freibert loved Eastern and had a strong dedication to seeing Eastern succeed in all areas, Hall said.
“He was always very interested in making sure things were moving forward with the Foundation,” Hall said. “He tried to keep his eyes and the eyes of other members focused on the goals of the Foundation … His contributions from the vice-chair perspective were ones of very solid leadership.”
Robert Rogow, dean of the College of Business and Technology, described Freibert, who graduated from the College of B&T, as “a very energetic and dynamic individual who cared about people.” He said the college especially appreciates all the support Freibert provided over the years.
“George was very interested in the students and programs at Eastern,” Rogow said. “In addition to his financial support, he was very generous with his time. For several years he would coordinate and moderate a panel discussion of successful entrepreneurs for students during the College’s annual Professional Skills Conference.”
Eastern President Joanne Glasser said Monday Freibert “was a personal and institutional friend, and we will miss him very much.”
In addition to serving Eastern, Freibert also founded Professional Bank Services, Inc., headquartered in Louisville in 1978. The company provides consulting, education and investment banking services for financial institutions throughout the United States.
Before founding his business, Freibert served 10 years at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and was a certified bank examiner. In 2002 he received an Earth Day Award from the Kentucky Environmental Quality Commission. He allowed his reservation, Old Pond Place, to serve as a permanent conservation area devoted to wildlife and reconstructed colonial log structures.
Freibert is survived by his daughter, Barrett Alizabeth; a son, Bartholomew Wilson; his former wife, Barbara Wilson Freibert; a brother, David Freibert, and eight nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents, William C. and Elizabeth Smith Freibert; a brother, William J. Freibert, and a sister, RoseAnne Brown.
Services were held at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Louisville with a private burial in his family cemetery at Old Pond Place March 19. Visitation was held at Ratterman’s Funeral Home in Louisville March 17-18.
Memorial gifts can be made to the Trinity High School Foundation or the Sierra Club.