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June 22, 2011
Milton Freundel, 88, an administration and personnel specialist with the U.S. Agency for International Development from1961 until retiring in 1978, died March 1 at Manor Care nursing home in Bethesda.He had congestive heart failure. The death was confirmed by his daughter, Jane Freundel Levey.
In addition to stints in Washington, Mr. Freundel served in Taiwan, Pakistan, Guatemala and Paraguay during his career at USAID. He was in Guatemala during a massive 1976 earthquake that claimed thousands of lives and participated in emergency assistance efforts.
In retirement, Mr. Freundel was a volunteer docent with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. He also did volunteer work in Montgomery County with prisoners transitioning back into society.
Milton Freundel was a New York City native and was the youngest of eight siblings. His father was a ward healer for Tammany Hall. During World War II, Mr. Freundel served in the Army in Europe. He trained in radio communications with the Signal Corps and later drove in the truck caravan known as the Red Ball Express that kept front-line units supplied with gasoline and other staples.
Mr. Freundel graduated from George Washington University in 1949 and spent much of his early career as a personnel specialist with the Navy Department. He was a Washington resident.
His first wife, Bernice Wolff Freundel, died in 1993 after 45 years of marriage. A son from that marriage, Mark Freundel, died in 2009.
Survivors include his wife of 18 years, Pauline Lubcher-Freundel of Washington; a daughter from his first marriage, Jane Freundel Levey of Bethesda; two step children, Carol Minkoff of Bethesda andJeffrey Lubcher of Rockville; a sister, Shirley L. Green of Bethesda; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
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