Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Frederick memorial today; Self to attend


Kansas University coach Bill Self plans to attend today’s memorial service for former KU athletic director Bob Frederick, who died Friday at the age of 69. The service is 1 p.m. at the Lied Center. Doors open at noon.

“I’ve known him from back when I was a graduate assistant (at KU),” Self said on Tuesday’s Big 12 coaches summertime media conference call. “I knew him when he was the AD at Illinois State.

“The things that he did epitomized class. Everybody that I ever visited with about him thought that he was as professional and as classy a gentleman as there is. He was a great role model and someone that people look at and say, ‘He’s a guy I want to be more like,’ which I think is a fabulous compliment. I had somebody tell me — somebody that has been at the university for many years — that this is the biggest loss our university has had, just from the standpoint of how he’s been viewed, his community involvement, his reputation and the impact he’s had on different things.

“Through coaching, whether it be at Lawrence High School, through charity work in the community, the contribution he made through the athletic department and the educational system. He was a fabulous instructor that all students really thought a lot of.”


DSommersby 11 years ago

I echo Coach Self's comments. When I think of Dr. Frederick it jumps right out at me that the guy epitomized what it meant to carry yourself and live with class. I have heard several different people mention him being a classy gentleman. He really seemed low-key, but always professional, kind, well-meaning, and an overall first class gentleman. He was always a good sport and represented KU as an outstanding ambassador. We were lucky to have him.

Jayhawk fans everywhere send our best to his family. This really is a loss though for everyone who respects a guy who does it the right way in life. He will always be a treasure to KU and the city of Lawrence.

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