- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Washington State University students in Pullman have staged an impromptu memorial for school President Elson Floyd, who died last weekend of complications of colon cancer.

WSU spokeswoman Kathy Barnard estimates about 100 students took part in Monday’s memorial, organized by students via social media.

KHQ-TV reports (https://is.gd/B2Fk0l) students and faculty shared their favorite memories of Floyd and sang the school fight song in his honor.

WSU junior Karena Gutierrez tells KHQ that Floyd was “very much like a father figure” and made Pullman seem like a home away from home.

Barnard says the official university “celebration of life” for Floyd is scheduled for Aug. 26 after students return for fall semester. It is planned for Beasley Coliseum on the Pullman campus.

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