"It's the 'pet rock' of this year's list," Shibley said, referring to the fad product born and banished in the 1970s.
Words banned for the new year? 'Fake news' gets top vote →
School spokesman John Shibley says Pleger's wife, Teresa, told school administrators her husband died Sunday, two days after undergoing brain surgery.
Lake Superior State University president dies after surgery →