Points of Pride

Fred Friend Celebrates 50 Years at CSU - with 50 Year Anniversary

Fred Friend, Adjunct Professor for 50 Years with Cleveland State UniversityFred Friend, Professor for 50 Years

When Adjunct Instructor Fred Friend taught his first class at CSU in 1965, the State of Ohio had just taken over tiny Fenn College and turned it into the new Cleveland State University. At that time, Friend remembers there were just two buildings in which classes were held as compared to how the campus looks today.

Friend's first class was Introduction to Business. The following year he began teaching Business Law. Fifty years later, the eighty-eight year old Friend is still teaching Business Law. Thousands of CSU graduates have taken Friend's course.

Born and raised in Bellevue, Ohio, Friend attended the University of Notre Dame and later graduated from Cleveland Marshall College of Law, going to school at nights while raising his family, like many of our current CSU students. In his subsequent 50 plus year career, Friend has served as a probate and real estate attorney, magistrate in the Cuyahoga Probate Court and attorney for the Union Savings Association, all the while, teaching regularly at CSU.

When asked about his time at CSU Friend says, "Cleveland State has been a part of my life, and I'm just glad that I've been a part of its life.