Former Gov. Jim Holshouser is home recovering from a bout with pneumonia.
“He's fine,'' said George Little, his long-time friend.
Holshouser, 78, North Carolina's first 20th century Republican governor(1973-77) missed the inauguration of the state's first 21st century GOP Gov. Pat McCrory on Saturday because of his illness.
He spent one night in the hospital out of precaution but was released Friday, Little said. But the Southern Pines attorney was advised not to attend the inauguration while he recovered from his illness.
Holshouser (second from left in photo) was honored in a reception on December 13th at the University of North Carolina School of Government, where a professorship was named in his honor. Supporters raised more than $333,000 for the endowed chair to along with $167,000 of state matching funds.
The event attracted former Governors Jim Martin and Jim Hunt as well as many long time friends and supporters of Holshouser.