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Ferrel Heady, New Mexico university president in '70s

ALBUQUERQUE -- Ferrel Heady, who was president of the University of New Mexico during the tumultuous era of Vietnam War protests, died Aug. 17. He was 90.

Dr. Heady was president of the state's largest university from 1968 to 1975, a period marked by student demonstrations against the war.

One of the protests turned bloody on May 8, 1970, when New Mexico National Guardsmen marched onto campus, and 10 people were bayoneted.

The Guard's intervention ended four days of protests on campus in the wake of the shootings of four people at Kent State University in Ohio.

About 150 students had marched to Dr. Heady's home late on May 4 to present Dr. Heady with a list of demands that included removing the ROTC from campus and providing more scholarships for American Indian students.

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