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Family and Friends Remember Former KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway

Chancellor Hemenway meeting with students at graduation in 2002. (Photo from the University of Kansas Kenneth Spencer Research Library)

The University of Kansas community gathered Sunday to remember former Chancellor Robert Hemenway. Friends and family recounted some of his accomplishments at KU, including increased diversity, growth in research funding and a focus on undergraduate education. KU Endowment President Dale Seuferling pointed to Hemenway’s push for the KU Cancer Center to achieve a National Cancer Institute designation, which it earned in 2012. That brings with it access to research funding to study cancer and offer treatments. Seuferling said it was a lofty goal.

Hemenway leaves behind a wife and eight children. One of his sons, Arna, said he has learned more about his father since his passing.
Robert Hemenway served as the 16th chancellor at KU from 1995 to 2009. He died July 31 at age 73.

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