Born in Louisiana to William Christopher and Ellen Douglas Friley, Charles E. Frileyattended Sam Houston Teachers College (1905) and Baylor University (1905-1907),and received his B.S. (1912) from Texas A & M University and an M.S. (1923) fromColumbia University. Dr. Friley was awarded several honorary degrees throughout hiscareer and received an honorary doctorate (1958) from Iowa State University.After three years of teaching in the public schools in Louisiana and Texas, Dr. Frileyserved as Registrar (1912-1924) at Texas A & M and as Dean of the School of Arts andScience (1924-1932). In 1932, Dr. Friley was appointed Dean of the Division of Scienceat Iowa State College (University) and was named Vice-President of the College in1935. He succeeded Dr. Raymond M. Hughes as president of Iowa State in 1936 after serving as interim for five months. He retired in 1953.His 17-year term was the longest of Iowa State's first 11 presidents, and spanned higher education's most turbulent era, from the closing phase of the Depression through WorldWar II and into the post-war "educational revolution." It was an administrationcharacterized by emergency efforts, the most notable among them Iowa State'sparticipation in the Manhattan (atomic research) project. Friley was directly responsiblefor Iowa State's establishment of the nation's first educationally-owned and operatedtelevision station.He was a Mason and a Fellow of the Iowa Academy of Science and was a member of numerous organizations and societies, including the National Council of PresbyterianMen, Iowa State Fair Board, Iowa Geological Survey, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Phi KappaPhi, and Phi Mu Alpha.He was married three times. In 1913, he married his first wife, Nina Lynn Wood, whodied in 1918. They had two sons Charles Edwin, Jr. and William Alva. Dr. Frileymarried his second wife, Vera Foreman in 1921, and she died in 1947. They had onedaughter, Frances Foreman (Kuyper). In 1951 he married Magdalen Ranney.
This collection contains biographical information, Friley family history, and materialsrelating to the operation of Iowa State College (University). The university recordsinclude addresses and speeches, committee meeting and minutes, divisionalinformation, correspondence, budgets, enrollment reports, celebration materials for Friley’s inauguration and Iowa State’s 90
anniversary, and student activities during
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