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UNC's Friday released from hospital, family says

Posted May 24, 2012

— University of North Carolina President Emeritus William Friday is recovering at home, a week after surgery to implant a pacemaker, his family said Thursday.

The family extended thanks to well-wishers, and asked that calls and visits to the 91-year-old be limited as he faces "an extended period of rehabilitation toward a full recovery."

Friday was president of UNC for 30 years, leading the school through integration, the sponsorship of the state education network and its growth into a 16-campus university system. He also helped with the formation of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Since retiring in 1986, Friday has pushed to keep college affordable and supported programs to reduce poverty and illiteracy. He also has a television show, and he taped his UNC-TV program "North Carolina People" earlier this month.

In 2009, Friday had a heart valve replaced two months after suffering a mild heart attack. 


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  • TeenDad2electricboogaloo May 25, 2012

    And this is an ALERT why?
    Geez Louise
    May 24, 2012 4:40 p.m.

    Lol facepalm.

  • grandmadof8 May 25, 2012

    "And this is an ALERT why?":Geez Louise
    The alert is not for this story. It posts at the top of every story. It is for the late opening.

  • westernwake1 May 24, 2012

    I wish President Emeritus Friday a quick recovery!

  • JJ20 May 24, 2012

    Very happy to hear this! From what I've seen in his interviews, he's a wonderful man! I wish him the best!

  • cwood3 May 24, 2012

    Bill Friday is a great man-he has made a huge difference in NC in the last 50 years. Notice-he is always smiling! As a result-his interviews are always good-even with dull people!

    Geez-are you from here?? Sounds like no!

  • Geez Louise May 24, 2012

    And this is an ALERT why?

  • carrboroyouth May 24, 2012

    wonderful news! :]

  • pmck May 24, 2012

    Good news. I think his greatest legacy will be that he is a good person. Few public figures have earned the respect this man has earned - mostly from just being kind to everyone around him.