LLERENA B. FRIEND
Llerena B. Friend, professor emeritus of history, died
on September 8, 1995. She was 91.
Professor Friend was born on October 19, 1903, in Dublin,
Texas. She studied at The University of Texas at Austin, from which
she earned a bachelor's degree in 1924, a master's degree in 1928, and
a PhD in 1951.
Dr. Friend taught high school in Vernon and Wichita
Falls for twenty years, from 1924 to 1944. She joined the Texas State
Historical Association in 1944 as a research associate for the Handbook
of Texas. In 1950 she became the founding director of the Barker
Texas History Center, remaining in that position until 1969. Professor
Friend also taught Texas history at the University.
Professor Friend published Sam Houston, The Great
Designer in 1954. She also edited several books, including Check
List of Texas Imprints, 1861-1876 (1963), M. K. Kellogg's
Texas Journal, 1872 (1967), and Talks on Texas Books (1970).
She received the Summerfield G. Roberts Award for her biography of Sam
Houston and the H. Bailey Carroll Award for the article "W. P. Webb's
Texas Rangers." In addition, Professor Friend was a fellow and honorary
life member of the Texas State Historical Association. In 1976 Governor
Briscoe named her to the Texas State Historical Records Advisory Board.
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty
Biographical sketch prepared by Teresa Palomo
Acosta and posted on the Faculty Council web site on November
17, 2000. Additional biographical sources can be found in the
Barker Texas History Center, the UT Office of Public Affairs,
and the New
Handbook of Texas, Texas State Historical Association,