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Seminary Students Praying for Graham

Posted December 4, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— World-famous evangelist Billy Graham is recovering from a form of pneumonia. Doctors are treating him with intravenous antibiotics at a Jacksonville, Florida hospital.

Dr. Charles Burger says the 79-year-old Graham is recovering nicely and is in fair but stable condition. He says Graham will remain hospitalized for a few days but can't say how many.

Meanwhile, in the Triangle, a quiet, contemplative mood has gripped the campus of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest. Students, faculty and staff are all thinking about Billy Graham. Seminary secretary Judy Autry says Graham has always been a part of her life.

They prayed for Graham's full recovery Thursday. The minister has preached in the Wake Forest school many times, and has had a major impact on the lives of its students. Seminary student Barry Nelson says Graham has always set an example for others who aspire to the ministry.

Many of the Southeastern students attended Billy Graham's crusade in Charlotte last year. Seminary student Daryl Oliver says everyone at the school is praying for Graham.

One student said Billy Graham had inspired him to attend seminary. He says he's praying particularly hard for the recovery of his religious hero.

Relatives and friends say they were surprised to hear of Graham's condition. They say he appeared rather robust recently during a meeting of the Billy Graham ministry.