Former KU Communications Director Succombs To Cancer

Lynn Bretz passed away Sunday. She

Lynn Bretz, director, UR11-8-05©The University of Kansas/Office of University RelationsCredit: Doug Koch/KU University Relations06258

(WIBW) - A former communications director for the University of Kansas has died.

Lynn Bretz passed away Sunday. She'd been battling cancer.

The 62-year old worked for the Lawrence Journal World, before starting as a writer and editor for university relations, becoming director in 2002. She was named the university's Communications Director in 2006.

"Lynn Bretz loved this university and all of the people who call it home. She was a tireless advocate for KU, always working to make our university a better place. And from her experience as a reporter, Lynn valued the role the media plays in covering a public institution. Lynn was a trusted adviser, dedicated mentor and caring friend to so many, and I offer my deepest sympathies to her family and friends," said KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little.

Memorials are suggested to the KU Endowment Association, to be used for the Janet Hamburg Visiting Artist Series. Those may be sent in care of the Warren-Mcelwain Mortuary in Lawrence.

A memorial celebration will be at 11 am. Friday, June 1, 2012 at Plymouth Congregational Church in Lawrence, KS.

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