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Gore’s Father Ill but Doing Better

November 17, 1998

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Vice President Al Gore’s 90-year-old father is recovering at home after suffering a bout of pneumonia.

Dr. D. Gordon Petty, personal physician to former Sen. Al Gore Sr., said today that he had ``a little touch of it (pneumonia) but he’s over it now and fine. He’s much better.″

He described Gore Sr.’s overall health as ``pretty good.″

The elder Gore fell ill Sunday night at his farm in Carthage, about 50 miles east of Nashville.

Gore Sr. served in Congress for 32 years and was a key force behind the Interstate highway system. He was a vice presidential candidate during the 1956 Democratic National Convention until he withdrew his name in favor of fellow Tennessee Sen. Estes Kefauver.

After losing a re-election bid to the Senate in 1970, he became a vice president of Island Home Coal Co., a subsidiary of Occidental Petroleum Co.

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