Cornell President Elizabeth Garrett Dies of Colon Cancer

Elizabeth Garrett.

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Cornell University President Elizabeth Garrett died on Sunday, less than a year after she was inaugurated as the first woman to lead the Ivy League school.

Garrett died from colon cancer, the Ithaca, New York-based school said in a statement Monday. Garrett, 52, was inaugurated as Cornell’s president in September, following an appointment as provost at the University of Southern California.

“Beth was simply a remarkable human being -- a vibrant and passionate leader who devoted her life to the pursuit of knowledge and public service and had a profound, positive impact on the many lives that she touched,” Robert Harrison, chairman of the school’s board of trustees, said in the statement.

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