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Herschel H. Friday, Jr.

Herschel H. Friday, Jr.
Kyle Steed lived a fairly privileged life in a small Arkansas town. He was a popular, outgoing Eagle Scout whose grandfather was the town's banker. He loves his hometown, but he knew he wanted to experience something more; something different; something important.

He found it at UALR as a Friday Fellow.

"You can get an education in the classroom," he said. "But this program shows you how to use that education to make the community better and how to make yourself a better person," Steed said.

That was the kind of life Little Rock lawyer Herschel H. Friday Jr. lived in Arkansas. He parlayed his leadership at Friday, Eldredge, and Clark – Arkansas's largest law firm – to become arguably Arkansas's leading citizen who devoted his life to charities such as the Arkansas Repertory Theatre, the Arkansas Association for Retarded Children, Arkansas Children's Hospital, the Arkansas Easter Seal Society, and more.

Friday's life of service is what his family wanted to honor when they endowed UALR's Friday Fellows program.

Today, Steed spends three afternoons a week with third graders at Bale Elementary School, helping them read better and learning from them about inner city life he never knew existed.

"It has been an eye opener," this son of a school teacher said. "I knew my service was going to help them, but I've now seen it help me." Kyle's participation in the Friday Fellows program will expand his horizons further with a semester abroad learning and serving in a foreign country.

Kyle came to UALR to find a different educational experience and he wanted to make connections with people and places far from his own experiences. Thanks to UALR's Friday Fellowship program, he is making Little Rock and Arkansas a better place to live.

Herschel Friday is smiling.
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