Former UH evidence professor, Charles Ernest Friend, dies at 82

Feb. 23, 2017 — Charles Ernest Friend, who taught at the then-University of Houston Bates College of Law in the late 1970s, died Feb. 20 in Williamsburg, Va., at the age of 82.

His widow, Rosemary, said her husband taught evidence at UH in the 1977-78 school year.

During a nearly two-decade academic career, he also taught law at William and Mary, the University of Richmond, Campbell University, N.C., and George Mason University. He directed the University of Richmond's summer law study program in England and was acting dean at Richmond. He held the Distinguished Educator Award from Richmond and the Professor of the Year and Outstanding Professor awards from George Mason.

Friend earned his bachelor's degree at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and graduate degree from the American Institute for Foreign Trade, in Phoenix. He served two tours in the United States Air Force and subsequently attended the Marshall-Wythe School of Law of the College of William and Mary, where he was editor-in-chief of the law review. He practiced "William and Mary Law Review."  Prior to entering academia, he practiced law in Richmond and York County, Va.

He wrote several books, including "The Law of Evidence in Virginia," "Personal Injury Law in Virginia," "Friends' Virginia Pleading and Practice," "Police Rights: Civil Remedies for Law Enforcement Officers" and many novels, including westerns and historical novels. He also wrote many magazine articles and law enforcement training papers.

Services will be held Friday in Williamsburg.

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