Posted: Wed 12:49 PM, Jan 08, 2014
March 3,1927 – January 5, 2014
Rudolf Freund “Rudi” to all his friends, passed away peacefully after a 6-week long battle with a MRSA cardiac infection. A memorial service and celebration of his life will be Saturday afternoon, January 11, at Longhorn Village, outside of Austin.
His loved ones will always remember him as a vibrant and adventurous spirit, with a zeal for travel, model trains, deep-sea fishing, and spending time with his family.
Rudi was born in Kiel, Germany, and moved with his family to the U.S. before the war. His father, Ernst, was a professor of Economics and his mother, Susanne, was a French professor so Rudi naturally wound up an academic, having studied in N.C. State and the University of Chicago. He helped establish the computer center at Virginia Tech, then VPI, where he was a professor of Statistics until 1962 when he moved to College Station to help found the Institute of Statistics at Texas A&M. He was the author of numerous textbooks.
Upon his retirement from Texas A&M in 1992, he and his wife, Marge, moved to Lake Conroe and subsequently to Spring, Texas, where he was an active member of Northwoods Presbyterian Church. He volunteered for Habitat for Humanity and missions in Cuba, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica to help build needed schools and facilities.
After 52 years of marriage, Marge passed away and Rudi moved to Longhorn Village outside of Austin Texas. There he fell madly and deeply in love with Ruth Shirley, another Longhorn resident. In the short time they shared, they enjoyed a very blessed new life together, travelling and seeking adventure until Rudi’s sudden illness.
His loving family will miss him dearly.
Survivors include his daughters, Susanne and John Holleman, of College Station, Jaqui and Dale Lange of Spring; and son, Karl and Lynne (Ovington) Freund of Austin; sister, Ebba King, of Palm Beach, Florida; and grandchildren Kristin Freund of Fort Collins, Colo., and Taylor and Jake Lange, of Spring, Texas.
The family also wishes to express our deep appreciation to all the health care professionals at Lakeway Regional Medical Center, St. David’s North Austin Medical Center, and Odyssey Hospice for their loving and professional services.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to your favorite charity, or Habitat for Humanity.