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Federal agency administrator , meteorologist

Elbert Walter Friday,, American federal agency administrator, meteorologist. Decorated Bronze Star; recipient Superior Service medal Department Defense, 1981, Presidential Rank award, 1988, Distinguished Achievement award University Oklahoma, 1992, Federal Executive of Year award Federal Executive Institute Alumni Association, 1993.


Friday,, Elbert Walter was born on July 13, 1939 in DeQueen, Arkansas, United States. Son of Elbert Walter and Mary Elizabeth (Ward) Friday.


Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics, University Oklahoma, Norman, 1961. Master of Science in Meteorology, University Oklahoma, Norman, 1967. Doctor of Philosophy in Meteorology, University Oklahoma, Norman, 1969.


Commissioned Second lieutenant United States Air Force, 1961, advanced through ranks to Colonel, 1961—1981, weather officer, 1961-1981, served Vietnam, 1972—1973, director environmental and life science, Department Defense, 1978-1981, retired, 1981. Deputy director National Weather Service, Silver Spring, Maryland, 1981-1987, director, 1987-1997. Assistant administrator Office Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, 1997-1998.

Director National Academy of Sciences, 1998—2002. Weather News professor applied meteorology University Oklahoma, 2002—2005, professor emeritus. Member committee on low level wind shear National Academy of Sciences, Washington, 1985-1986.

United States permanent representative to United Nations World Meteorological Organization, 1988-1998, member executive council, 1988-1998. Adjunct professor University Oklahoma, 1998. Board directors Atmospheric Science and Climate, National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences, 1998-2002.


Elder Calvary Christian Church, Burke, Virginia, 1985-1989, since 2002, trustee, 1989-1993, chairman board, 1998-2002. Fellow American Meteorological Society (councilor 1988-1990, president 2003, Cleveland Abbe award 1997). Member American Association for the Advancement of Science, National Weather Association, Sigma Xi.


Married Karen Ann Hauschild, November 14, 1959 (deceased March 21, 2007). Children: Kristine Ann, Kelly Sue. Married Gay Smith Littleton, April 2, 2008.

Elbert Walter Friday,

Mary Elizabeth (Ward) Friday,

Karen Ann Hauschild

Gay Smith Littleton

Kristine Ann Friday,

Kelly Sue Friday,