Gen. Michael Hayden hospitalized after stroke

Courtesy of Duquesne University
Retired Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden was hospitalized after suffering a stroke, his family said in a statement on Friday, Nov. 23. Gen. Hayden graduated from DU before serving as the director of the CIA and NSA during two presidential administrations.

Gabriella DiPietro | News Editor


Duquesne alumnus and North Side native Gen. Michael V. Hayden was hospitalized due to a stroke, his family announced Friday, Nov. 23.

Gen. Hayden, 73, was the head of the CIA and NSA during the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations, before retiring in 2009.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with General Hayden and his wife, Jeanine — who is also a Duquesne alumna — and their entire family,” said Duquesne President Ken Gormley. “General Hayden’s long and distinguished career of service to our nation has been mirrored by his deep commitment to his alma mater. He was just on campus last month to participate in the National Conference on the First Amendment, and did a phenomenal job, as usual.”

Prior to attending Duquesne, Gen. Hayden served as a ball boy for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He later played football at North Catholic High School, where he was coached by fellow Duquesne alumnus, Dan Rooney.

Gen. Hayden is a decorated veteran, receiving awards such as the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal and more.

“We are extremely proud to count General Hayden among our most prominent and dedicated alums,” Gormley said. “The entire Duquesne University community sends him best wishes and continued prayers for a speedy and full recovery.”

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