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Memorial service held for Chancellor Montemagno

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Dr. Carlo Montemagno's family, friends and colleagues gathered in Shryock Auditorium to remember, what they describe as, his passionate, determined spirit on Tuesday

In his relatively short time at SIU, Dr. Carlo Montemagno made a big impact on those around him. That was evident as more than one hundred of his friends and colleagues, like Jeff McGoy, gathered in Shyrock Auditorium to honor him. 

"He came to SIU because he loved a challenge," said McGoy, Assistant Dean of Students. 

SIU's Interim President, Dr. Kevin Dorsey said, despite a cancer diagnosis and a rough-go with administrative turmoil, Carlo pushed to get SIU on the right path. Encouraging everyone to continue to build on the chancellor's progress. 

"Now that he has done the difficult work of getting change started, it is left to the rest of us to finish," said Dr. Dorsey. 

Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry took the podium to call Carlo a dear friend, who made the city a better place, "We built stronger relationships between the city and university. We shared planning and objective." 

Students like Joe Locher remember the chancellor as someone who was compassionate and down to earth and always willing to cheer on the Salukis. 

"He encouraged us all to be proud, show our spirit, be weird if necessary and to have faith in the community we can build at SIU," said Locher. 

McGoy ended by saying, even after the loss of Carlo those at SIU need to carry on his drive to make SIU the best it can be.  

"If Carlo were here, he would want to end with his favorite saying, as he ended almost all of his presentations, "Go Salukis," said McGoy.  

To honor Montemagno and help students receive a college education, The SIU Foundation has created the Carlo D. Montemagno Scholarship Fund. 

Montemagno was buried during a private ceremony at Mound City National Cemetery last week.  

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