David Brint will take over as chairman of the board of directors of the Foundation Fighting Blindness in July, succeeding Gordon Gund, the co-founder of the nonprofit and current chairman, according to a news release from the organization. The foundation, which funds research into the prevention and cures for blinding retinal diseases, was founded by Mr. Gund and his wife, Llura, in 1971.
A Chronicle article explains how Mr. Gund lost his eyesight at 31, but went on to become a successful financier, leading him to purchase several sports franchises, and eventually founding the nonprofit. Mr. Gund said that there were no organizations supporting work looking into diseases like the one that caused his blindness before he founded the organization. Mr. Gund will remain a member of the board and will continue to be involved with the foundation’s research oversight committee. He will also remain a member of the board of the foundation’s subsidiary, the Clinical Research Institute.