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  • lanecc Oct 12, 7:39 p.m.

    NC and the UNC system has lost a great leader. Wish there were more like him.

  • clearwaterman Oct 12, 6:53 p.m.

    Dr.Friday's signature is on my degree. Never met the man personally but knew he was the best! My condolences to the family! He was a gentle giant of a man!

  • raleighwakenative Oct 12, 5:24 p.m.

    President Friday was a gracious and genuine man. If a student said hello to him on campus, he would stop and talk. You never felt like he treated you as a bother. He was wise and predicted how big money sponships would ruin collegiate athletics. He will be missed. I am glad that his signature is on my diploma. Rest in peace.

  • grind243 Oct 12, 5:23 p.m.

    I was fortunate enough to talk to him a handful of times when he was walking his dog around Battle/Senlac area. Thank you for all you did for the State of North Carolina, Mr. Friday.

  • survivorgirl007 Oct 12, 5:05 p.m.

    He was a man of great humility and integrity - 100% class and grace. I saw him last year at Crook's Corner and thought I'd died and gone to heaven!

  • shortcake53 Oct 12, 5:00 p.m.

    How nice that he went peacefully in his sleep.

  • NC Reader Oct 12, 4:04 p.m.

    What an outstanding man. This state needs more people like him.

  • Coolbreeze Oct 12, 3:50 p.m.

    He was one of a kind and will be greatly missed.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Oct 12, 2:43 p.m.

    My condolences to the family, friends and fans. He was a well great and well known man. He is already missed.

  • Desiderata Oct 12, 2:07 p.m.

    We were blessed to have him , his wisdom and leadership. A man who all could look up to and still be able to talk one on one. Missed by those who knew and loved him..He has a higher calling and we will be forever greatful to have had him in the state of North Carolina!

  • Relic Oct 12, 2:06 p.m.

    What sad news. As a UNC CH alum I had the chance to celebrate a National Championship on his front lawn and he and his wife came out to wave to us students. A man of true integrity, wit, insight and his "NC People" show in UNCTV will be sorely missed. Godspeed Dr. Friday.

  • paultaylorsr100 Oct 12, 1:58 p.m.

    As a staunch republican, and one who worked for Terry Sanford, I can tell you with out reservation that Terry Sanford and Bill Friday were two of the "good ones". Old School Democrat. Condolances to the family.

  • Objective Scientist Oct 12, 1:53 p.m.

    A gracious and true Southern gentleman who was a truly great leader. One of the most positive experiences of my life is knowing Bill Friday, and - as I often said to him - I am extremely proud to have his signature on each of my 3 diplomas from UNC-CH.

  • tiredofgovtwaste Oct 12, 1:14 p.m.

    May your family find comfort in knowing that you lead a wonderful life and served the Old North State with grace and dignity. Your listening ear and well thought out words will be missed by many! Rest in peace in the arms of our Heavenly Father

  • UNCfuturealumi Oct 12, 1:08 p.m.

    Go rest high on that mountain, Dr Friday. You will be missed.

  • jscott13 Oct 12, 1:01 p.m.

    Wish that we had a man like him leading the university today.

  • BenFranklin Oct 12, 12:57 p.m.

    These are shoes no one will ever be able to fill.

  • COLT45 Oct 12, 12:41 p.m.

    R.I.P. Mr. Friday. What a great example you set for all of us.

  • sinenomine Oct 12, 12:28 p.m.

    In April, 1966 when I first arrived in Chapel Hill as a prospective freshman the first name I heard when I walked into the lobby of The Carolina Inn was that of William Friday. God rest the soul of this great man.

  • kmanc4s Oct 12, 12:26 p.m.

    Bill Friday, a true North Carolina legend who lived up to the billing.

  • newssaavy72 Oct 12, 12:10 p.m.

    So sorry to hear that Bill Friday has passed. He lived a full and rewarding life that many can cherish from years to come.Condolences to his friends, family, colleagues, etc... during this time.I would have loved to have met him.

  • flemingjt Oct 12, 11:46 a.m.

    When I was a soph. at UNC, I was walking by the psychology/arboretum area with a friend from the dorm. We passed by Mr. Friday and he stopped us to speak and just share a Carolina moment. He was a nice man and a true friend to our state and the University of N.C.

  • muggs Oct 12, 11:31 a.m.

    You did not have to be a graduate of UNC or even a North Carolina resident to appriciate this man, not many left like him and very few coming up. He will be missed.

  • UNC1985 Oct 12, 11:30 a.m.

    Rest in Peace; proud to have his name on my diploma.

  • bobbruck Oct 12, 11:28 a.m.

    I knew Bill Friday, I loved Bill Friday. There will never be another Bill Friday. A sad day for our State and Nation indeed.

  • 2thebeach Oct 12, 11:27 a.m.

    Wonderful tribute to a wonderful person.

  • djofraleigh Oct 12, 11:15 a.m.

    This year, about every other month, NC has lost nationally known Andy Griffith, Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson, and now our own man of educational integrity Bill Friday. That leaves Billy Graham.

  • JAT Oct 12, 11:15 a.m.

    So sad, he was a good President and the University loved him.

  • msharrell Oct 12, 11:13 a.m.

    He was a great man for many reasons, but mainly for his belief that education is key to success regardless of your station in life. Proud to have his name on my diploma.

  • raleighpaw Oct 12, 11:09 a.m.

    So sad. North Carolina's finest men have all passed this year: Doc Watson, Andy Griffith, and now Bill Friday. Not to mention favored son, Earl Scruggs. Our most gentle and best gentlemen heroes have left us.

  • lifeq Oct 12, 11:06 a.m.

    Great person. When he speaks on public TV it is mesmerizing. I will miss the public interviews. Loss to NC.

  • Smokin Oct 12, 11:04 a.m.

    Rest, now, President Friday.

    Bill Friday was president when I was an undergrad and I was working for the University when he retired. I remember the Daily Tar Heel ran an editorial cartoon with the governor tossing a coin in a wishing well wishing for a fountain of youth for Friday.

    How appropriate that he passed to his rest on University Day.

  • luvbailey Oct 12, 10:58 a.m.

    Sad day indeed.

  • pecola Oct 12, 10:54 a.m.

    A true champion for North Carolina. Rest in Peace.

  • FAN72 Oct 12, 10:44 a.m.

    I met Mr. Friday when I was a teacher. He was an inspiration to all who loved education. Rest in peace.

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  • Bronco Oct 12, 10:36 a.m.

    I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Rest in Peace my friend.

  • jgriffith3792 Oct 12, 10:34 a.m.

    Sad day. One of the greats.

  • Honesty first Oct 12, 10:34 a.m.

    Bill Friday was one of the greatest men in the history of this state. I was honored to have numerous conversations with him, mostly on flights or at the airport. He treated everyone with respect and just made you feel as if your opinion mattered to him. He will be missed VERY much.

  • anne53ozzy Oct 12, 10:33 a.m.

    It was my good fortune to have known him through my work years ago. He was a humble, kind and generous man who will be greatly missed by all. Thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.

  • bombayrunner Oct 12, 10:29 a.m.

    He'll be missed. A man ahead of his time. True leader for the modern day South. Angel on earth.

  • issymayake Oct 12, 10:27 a.m.

    A good and faithful servant to the citizens of North Carolina. Rest in Peace.

  • h3ardita11b4 Oct 12, 10:18 a.m.

    Didn't have an opportunity to meet him but I know his granddaughter. Losing a loved one is never easy. Thoughts are with you and your family, Miranda!

  • Tarheel born Oct 12, 10:17 a.m.

    What a very sad day for N.C. But what a great legacy President Friday leaves for us to emulate. If you ever had the privilege to meet him he was everyone's friend. I had that honor several times.

    There are few higher callings than the education of our children and young adults. Bill Friday made that his priority for many decades. God Bless his family, colleagues and friends.

  • rsadcox2 Oct 12, 10:15 a.m.

    Thank you William Friday. A true leader is one who knows what we need to do for the future despite unpleasant circumstances. The unification of the state's public colleges was a brilliant move that has yielded countless benefits to the state and the people of North Carolina. I personally thank you for being of my life in an indirect way.

  • Hippy_mom Oct 12, 10:13 a.m.

    jplace, well said. Mr. Friday was a true gentleman and he did many selfless things for this state. All of us—native North Carolinians and transplants—have been positively affected by programs he championed. Without Mr. Friday there would be no UNC as we know it, no RTP, no community college system ... whether you are a student or graduate of these programs, or whether you've been treated by a doctor or nurse trained at one of these institutions, you have been touched by the good work of this man. Rest in peace, Bill Friday.

  • jburack Oct 12, 10:13 a.m.

    Sorry to hear, He will be missed, he left a legacy, Loved watching his show, he was honest sincere and made you wish that all leaders had his ability.

  • nc creature Oct 12, 10:11 a.m.

    He did so much for North Carolina, hard to believe he has passed. Many prayers to his family.

  • dryjr Oct 12, 10:11 a.m.

    Great guy will be missed

  • Weaker Pelosi Oct 12, 10:07 a.m.

    And still had a full head of hair at 92.

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