Dr. McLendon is a member of the third graduating class of the four-year UNC School of Medicine in 1956.As professor emeritus of the School of Medicine, he became chair of both the Department of Hospital Laboratories and the Division of Laboratory Medicine in the School of Medicine in 1973. Under his leadership, the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine was formed in 1995, and UNC was recognized for providing excellent, innovative service in these areas. In appreciation of the critical role he played in the development and elevated status of these departments worldwide, the clinical laboratories at UNC Hospitals were named the William W. McLendon Clinical Laboratories. Dr. McLendon retired in 1995, but he continues to contribute to UNC Hospitals as a historian and co-author of Bettering the Health of the People: W. Reece Berryhill, the UNC School of Medicine, and the North Carolina Good Health Movement. Dr. McLendon is married to Anne Whittington McLendon, a former admittance secretary at UNC Hospitals and an active member of UNC Volunteer Services from 1952 to 2005.
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