Memorial gathering for Cornell President Garrett planned for next Thursday

March 10, 2016 by Mark H. Anbinder

A memorial gathering for Cornell University president Elizabeth Garrett, who died late Sunday night, will be held next Thursday afternoon, according to the university. The event is scheduled for 3pm at Cornell's Bailey Hall.

"For those unable to attend in person, a live stream will be available on CornellCast," according to an announcement from Cornell board of trustees chairman Robert S. Harrison.

The event can also be watched live at the new memorial site set up by Cornell today.

"While Beth's tenure as president has tragically been cut short, her efforts over the last eight months have set the university on a path toward continued excellence," Harrison said in a statement. "She will leave a lasting legacy on our beloved institution and will be terribly missed."

Cornell students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members gathered on Monday afternoon for a moment of silence, and at a candlelight vigil on Tuesday evening, to remember President Garrett, who died just a month after announcing that she would be "beginning an aggressive treatment program" following a diagnosis of colon cancer.

According to the university, the Marmor and Garrett families ask that memorial gifts be directed to either Student Scholarships in memory of President Elizabeth Garrett, in support of students with need on the Ithaca campus, or to the President Elizabeth Garrett Fund for Colon Cancer Research at Weill Cornell Medicine. Gifts to either fund can be made online, by calling 1-800-279-3099, or by mailing a check to Cornell University, P.O. Box 25842, Lehigh Valley, PA 18003-9692.

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