Former University of Kansas Chancellor Hemenway Dies

A memorial service is planned Sunday to honor former University of Kansas Chancellor Robert Hemenway.

Family and university officials said Hemenway died Friday at a Lenexa nursing home from complications of Parkinson’s disease. He was 73.

The service will by a 2 p.m. Sunday at the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics on the university’s campus, following a private burial.

Hemenway was Kansas’ 16th chancellor, serving from 1995 until he retired in 2009.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports Hemenway oversaw an increase in enrollment and research at Kansas and a resurgence in the athletics department. He also was instrumental in structural changes at the university’s Medical Center and an ultimately successful drive to gain a National Cancer Institute designation.

Survivors include his wife, Leah, eight children and 12 grandchildren.