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FORMER NAACP LEADER RECOVERING FROM SURGERY

Benjamin Hooks has been moved from intensive care to a private room and should recover fully from heart surgery, his wife said.

The former head of the NAACP underwent a four-hour quadruple bypass operation Saturday at Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans, and should be going home within two weeks."My husband is resting comfortably," Frances Hooks said. "We hope everyone will understand our family's need to focus our energy on his recovery in private."

Hooks, 69, said the stress of the job was one reason he retired in April 1993.