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Charles Ernest Friend
Charles Ernest Friend

Charles Ernest Friend, 82, passed away Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. He was the son of Charles Edward Friend Jr. and Anne English Friend and grandson of Charles Edward Friend and Mabel Winne Friend, all longtime residents of Williamsburg.

He received his bachelor’s degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and graduate degree from the American Institute for Foreign Trade, in Phoenix, Ariz. Mr. Friend served two tours in the U.S. Air Force and subsequently attended the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary, where he was editor-in-chief of the William and Mary Law Review.

In academics for nearly two decades, he taught law at the College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Va.; the University of Richmond, Richmond, Va.; the University of Houston, Texas; Campbell University, North Carolina; and George Mason University, Fairfax, Va. 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.

He practiced law in Richmond from 1969 to 1970, and then was in private practice in York County from 1970 to 1972. He was president of the York County Bar Association from 1971 to 1972. He was commissioner in chancery of the York Circuit Court from 1970 to 1972 and substitute judge of the York County Court in 1972. Friend was editor of the Virginia Bar Association Journal from 1974 to 1998. He also was author of 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.

He was active in community affairs, serving on the Board of Zoning Appeals and the Planning Commission of the City of Williamsburg. He also served for many years as a legal instructor at the Hampton Roads Criminal Justice Training Academy.

He is survived by his wife, Rosemary Ann Fejedelem Friend of Williamsburg. His daughter, Victoria Anne Friend Broyles of Macon, Ga., preceded him in death in 2012.

Memorial gifts, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the Heritage Humane Society, 430 Waller Mill Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185; and Hospice House, 4445 Powhatan Parkway, Williamsburg, VA 23188.

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