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Radloff hospitalized after neck fracture

In this 2004 file photo, Louise Radloff speaks to the Daily Post prior to Louise Radloff Middle School will opening on August 9 that year.

In this 2004 file photo, Louise Radloff speaks to the Daily Post prior to Louise Radloff Middle School will opening on August 9 that year.

LAWRENCEVILLE — Long-time Gwinnett County Board of Education member Louise Radloff is in the hospital recovering from surgery, following a neck fracture she suffered on Wednesday.

Radloff suffered a cervical fracture while doing community service, GCPS Chief of Staff Berney Kirkland said. Kirkland said Radloff’s family reported that Thursday’s surgery went well and she may be released from Gwinnett Medical Center in the next couple of days.

In a message to the district’s principals, Kirkland said, “visitors are discouraged at this time, but your good wishes for a speedy recovery are welcomed.”

Radloff was re-elected to her 11th term on the Gwinnett County Board of Education in November after switching parties and running as a Democrat. In January, at the age of 77, Radloff marked her 40th year on the local school board. Her length of service is the second longest number of terms consecutively served by a member of any board of education in the state of Georgia.

A Norcross resident, she has served as board chair eight times. She is also active in several nonprofit and public agency boards around Gwinnett and has been a long-time advocate for special education in the realm of public education.