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Friends, Colleagues, Admirers Say Goodbye to Kuralt

Posted July 8, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— When CBS Newsman Charles Kuralt passed away last Friday his dying request was to be buried in the Old Chapel Hill Cemetery. Tuesday morning, that wish was honored as Kuralt was laid to rest during a private service with 60 family members and friends in attendance.

Later Tuesday, about a half-mile from the cemetery, the public had its chance to bid a fond farewell to the man who got his start in North Carolina and never let go of his roots here.

The service was held in Memorial Hall on the campus of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. In attendance were many of Kuralt's former colleagues, UNC representatives from his alma mater, old friends, family members, and strangers who felt a kinship with the man who came across as one of them in spite of his fame.

Among those paying tribute to Kuralt were PBS talk show host Charlie Rose and Gov. Jim Hunt. Former CBS News anchor Walter Kronkite had planned to attend the service, but fog kept his flight from leaving Martha's Vineyard, Mass., on Tuesday morning.

The service began with the pealing of the bell at the South Building, UNC's administration building. That happens rarely, and only on very special occasions.

For those who knew him, and those who only admired him from afar, this was a very special occasion.

Friends and colleagues talked to WRAL-TV5's Bob Langford after the service about their memories of Kuralt.

Those wishing to make donations in memory of Kuralt can honor his family's wishes by sending checks to the attention of Dean Edwards at UNC, Chapel Hill, NC, 27514. The money will go to the UNC School of Social Work. For more information on the Charles Kuralt memorial fund call 1-800-644-8094.