In Memory of Fred Riley

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our national board of director’s chair Fred Riley, who died of complications from kidney cancer. Fred tirelessly focused on bringing a sense of urgency to the work of prevention while also guiding the development of the organization’s ongoing strategic vision.

A thoughtful and steady leader, Fred dedicated his life to promoting the prevention of child abuse and neglect before it occurs. He also worked to promote adoption and the prevention of teen pregnancy. As a devout member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Fred served on many meaningful boards in addition to Prevent Child Abuse America’s, including: the United Way of Salt Lake, the Utah Foster Care Foundation, and Prevent Child Abuse Utah.

Fred was also part of the U.S. Department of Justice Task Force Against Domestic Violence and a recipient of the Adoption Hall of Fame award from the National Council for Adoption. Other recipients of this award have included first ladies Barbara Bush and Hillary Clinton. Fred received the Friend of Adoption award from the organization Families Supporting Adoption.

“Fred Riley was an amazing person who made a positive difference in this world,” said Dan Duffy, President & CEO of Prevent Child Abuse America. “His generous spirit, sense of duty, and incredible desire to impact the well-being of America’s children was an inspiration to us all. Most importantly, Fred was a dedicated family man. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this difficult time.”

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