Condolences for Bill Friday

Posted October 12, 2012

WRAL is collecting people's memories of former UNC President Bill Friday and condolences upon his death. We will forward them to his family later. Please refrain from any negative comments, and be sure to sign your name to your entry.


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  • tony16 Oct 18, 2012

    I never met Mr. Friday in person, but saw him in Chapel Hill a few times, watched him on UNC TV and in many news conferences oand tv reports. He was a GREAT leader in NC, for the Universities that he served and for the general population for which he championed the opportunity of a university education. I prize his signature on my UNC diploma, along with that of Skipper Bowles, who was very kind to my Grandfather in his last few years on this earth. President Friday enriched the lives of so many. Well Done, Sir, You are missed indeed.

  • Bellar1 Oct 17, 2012

    I had the honor of working with him on many TV projects, beginning in 1986. He became a friend and mentor and I have dreaded for years the day that he would no longer be with us. He will always be in our hearts and memories but there will never be another William C. Friday
    Ron Kemp

  • ccasey0821 Oct 17, 2012

    i was not born here nor did i attend any of the schools, but i loved bill friday. i learned all i know about this state by watching his pbs show, i will miss him dearly.

  • cbalan Oct 13, 2012

    When a student in the 80's, my friends and I would visit the Friday's each Christmas season. Bill and Ida always had lots of cookies and treats, as well as time to sit and talk about how our studies were going, what was happening on campus, and world issues. The Friday's were true educators, good neighbors, gracious hosts, and they cared about the university and the students. I am privileged to have known them and our condolences to the Friday family.

  • Icaretoo Oct 13, 2012

    Our deepest sympathy to the Friday Family. Bill Friday was a wonderful man and the state will deeply feel his absence. The world needs more people like Bill Friday! Thank you for your dedication to our state. Rest in peace.

  • UNCfuturealumi Oct 13, 2012

    If only men patterned their life in a similiar way as Dr Friday, when it come to educating children about life. Not always about higher schooling, but to see life as it is intended. To have a vision. I sure enjoyed his company in my living room every Friday night and Sunday afternoons. He will be missed by many.

  • hilliardpat1954 Oct 13, 2012

    Dr. Friday was president of the UNC system when I went to UNC. He was always gracious and was the face of the University that I will always remember. He took great pride in UNC and the UNC system and always put what was best the University first. He was a quiet man but his words carried so much weight. He will be missed and I want his family to know that even though I never met him personally, he had a profound effect on me, my alma mater and the UNC family. I pray that God's peace and comfort will surround you during this time of loss and in the days ahead.

    Blessings to you all,
    Pat Hilliard '77

  • spectician Oct 13, 2012

    We've lost another great soul... they just don't make any others like him anymore. He did untold good for so many people.

  • djbius66 Oct 13, 2012

    I met President Friday on my first day at work in the 1960's when trying to find the personnel office. We met on the sidewalk near South Bldg. and I had no clue who he was,but I asked for directions and he walked with me to the personnel office. I knew him for many years and my admiration continued to grow. I want to add my condolences to the family and to say how sorry I am for this great loss to us all. May God Bless. Daniel Bius

  • DJLey Oct 12, 2012

    I am an NC State employee, as well as an alumnus of NC State. Dr. Friday's work on creating the statewide university system has been outstanding, being a great influence on how universities collaborate across state, national, and even international borders. He was in a sense a mentor to me in my time watching NC State grow and develop.

    Darren Ley