CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Southern Illinois University-Carbondale Chancellor Carlo Montemagno was remembered as a passionate educator during a campus memorial service nearly two weeks after his death.

Montemagno became the Carbondale campus leader in August 2017 and revealed in June that he was undergoing aggressive treatment for cancer.

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SUI interim President Kevin Dorsey said during Tuesday’s memorial that Montemagno continued to work for campus improvements despite his health problems.

Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry called Montemagno a dear friend, who helped build stronger relationships between the city and the nearly 13,000-student campus.

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Montemagno died October 11 and was buried last week at Mound City National Cemetery.

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