Jack Friel – Series 7 – Catherine Friel, 1901-1999
Jack Friel was an active businessperson in Center City during the 1970s. He owned Seasons on Drury Street, Bramwell’s on Camac Street and ran Hasty Tasty Deli.
He was also inducted into the WSU Athletic Hall of Fame, served as first commissioner of the Big Sky Conference and dedicated WSU’s home basketball court in 1977.
Early Life and Education
Series 7: Catherine Friel, 1901-1999 Contains course notes, scrapbooks, dance cards and program covers from Catherine’s student years as well as correspondence, club ephemera (YWCA Girl Reserves and Fortnightly Club), photographs and memorabilia from this time period.
Series 8: Charlotte Friel, 1942-1990
This collection contains correspondence, newspaper clippings, and other ephemera related to Charlotte’s broadcasting career with Columbia Broadcasting System in New York City between 1942 and 1990. Also included is her Ph.D dissertation “The Influence of Television on Richard Nixon’s Political Career, 1946-1962”.
Catherine relocated with her husband Jack to Central Florida and quickly began volunteering with various charitable organizations such as an international exchange program, Second Harvest Food Bank and Seminole County Sheriff’s civilian review board. Additionally, Catherine and Jack established the John Mathews Friel Memorial Artist Lecture Series through WSU Museum of Art.
Jack Friel is an accomplished businessperson in the finance industry. His expertise lies in identifying and assessing investment opportunities across all software verticals; additionally he serves as an advisor to many private equity funds and mezzanine debt vehicles.
This collection comprises newspaper clippings, correspondence, photographs and other materials related to Jack and Catherine Friel’s life and family, including diaries, artwork, speeches as well as materials related to John Mathews and Charlotte. Furthermore, there is correspondence regarding the establishment of Charlotte Friel Memorial Lecture Series at WSU.
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Achievement and Honors
Friel earned three letterwins for both basketball and baseball during his three years at Washington State in the early 1920s, before coaching their men’s basketball team for three decades and leading them within one game of a national title in 1941 – now commemorated with Friel Court being named in his honor.
North Catholic High made headlines nationally when, on Feb. 26, 1968, they beat Bishop McDevitt 77-60 at the Palestra in their Catholic League playoff opener. North Catholic’s junior varsity players filled in for their suspended varsity players to deliver this victory at an historic moment for Catholic League competition.
Jack would have loved the hard-playing squad curated by Tony Bennett. He knew just how to teach young men the fundamentals of basketball while simultaneously providing guidance for life beyond basketball.
Friel was raised within an intensely religious household, and many of his plays explore Catholicism. Dancing at Lughnasa showcases this exploration by depicting elements of Irish culture at this time in characters like Jack Mundy’s devotion to their religion as well as his initial high social standing within their community.
Friel held teaching and coaching positions at several local schools, such as NECHS. He was known for enforcing strict discipline among his pupils; punishing any who failed to attend class with severe penalties.
Friel dedicated much of his life to upholding WSU’s legacy. His efforts helped save Stevens Hall and establish the John and Charlotte Friel Artist Lecture Series at Museum of Art at WSU; additionally, he was an ardent proponent for other historic preservation initiatives on campus.
Friel has amassed an impressive net worth through her hard work and talent, which includes running a coffee blog and contributing regularly to websites as a writer; additionally, she published a book.
Friel’s career has taken her all across the United States and she currently works at KTLA-TV in Los Angeles as a news anchor/reporter. Additionally, Friel hosts her own radio show while homeschooling her three children.
He’s an avid golfer, loves traveling with his wife and children, has an outgoing, charismatic personality, loves debate and is also an accomplished writer/director with a great following who’s always in high demand for new projects – while in his free time enjoys playing guitar and watching sports!