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Friendswood Mourns Loss of Walter Wilson


Friendswood mourns loss of Walter Wilson

With heavy hearts, we grieve the loss of a pillar of the Friendswood ISD family, Walter Wilson,
who passed away on Monday, March 11, 2019
During his 36 years of service is FISD, Wilson served in many roles, but perhaps the role he was
best known for was being a friend to all. When we remember Wilson, words such as “kind,”
“passionate,” “caring,” “influential” and “exceptional” come to mind. He showed these qualities
throughout his life, and we are glad to have been a part of it.
Wilson began his education career in 1966 as a science teacher and head basketball coach at
Friendswood High School. Under his direction, the Boys’ varsity basketball team advanced to
the State Tournament in 1968, 1969 and 1971. The team won the State Championship in 1969
and instantly became a topic of pride for Wilson, his family and the Friendswood community.
His athletic impact was so huge, the FHS Field House was named after him in his honor.
With his Bachelor’s Degree from Texas A&I University (now Texas A&M-Kingsville) and
Masters’ Degree from Sam Houston State University, Wilson advanced up the ranks in the
education system.
Wilson served as Assistant Principal of FHS from 1970 to 1974. He then took the lead as the
school’s principal until 1977 when he transferred to administration to become the Assistant
Superintendent. In 1998, Wilson was appointed as the ninth Superintendent of FISD.
As Superintendent, Wilson was adamant about creating the best possible educational experience
for the students of Friendswood. His great support of various educational programs led to the
creation of the Friendswood ISD Education Foundation in 1999 which has given more than $1.7
million back to students and teachers over the past 20 years.
After retiring in 2002, Wilson continued to leave his mark on the District. In 2012, the
Friendswood ISD Education Foundation and the FHS Alumni Association presented him with
the Honorary Alumnus Award for his many years of outstanding service.
However, perhaps Wilson’s greatest legacy is one that cannot be measured or given an award. To
most, Wilson’s biggest impact was the one he left on the hearts of those he served. From taking
time during practice to encourage his athletes during his time as a coach, to writing personalized
notes to students every morning while he was Superintendent, Wilson always found a way to do
the little things and make everyone around him feel special.
“Walter Wilson was a Friendswood pillar,” Thad Roher, FISD Superintendent, said. “I knew
Walter as a student an administrator in FISD. He shaped my view of Mustang pride and its
importance and foundational value to our community. I will miss talking basketball, kids, and
Friendswood pride with him.”
Though we mourn the passing of the incredible man who was Walter Wilson, we know he lives
on with us through every dribble of a basketball, every teaching moment and every kind word

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