College mates reestablish friendship in The Villages

Bill Brill, left, of the Village of Calumet Grove, and Tom Bray, of the Village of Duval, during a talent show in December of 1959 at Lincoln Memorial University during their freshman year.

Lincoln Memorial University may be a small school, but it occupies a big space in the hearts of two Villagers. 

When Bill Brill, of the Village of Calumet Grove, and Tom Bray, of the Village of Duval, met at the Harrogate, Tennessee-based school in 1959, they couldn’t have been more opposite.  

Brill grew up on the coast in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey, and Bray is a native of rural Clinton, Tennessee. 

Brill majored in Spanish. Bray studied biology. Brill says “soda” and Tom calls it “pop.”

The two men with different backgrounds first met in the fall of 1959, in the school’s cafeteria their freshman year.

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