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Siena College President Edward Coughlin dies after surgery

July 30, 2019
In this undated photo provided by St. Bonaventure University, Brother F. Edward Coughlin poses in St. Bonaventure, N.Y. Coughlin, who was president of Siena College in upstate New York, died Tuesday, July 30, 2019, following complications from heart surgery. He was a Buffalo native who attended St. Bonaventure University and later worked there as a professor and administrator. He was 71. (St. Bonaventure University via AP) i
In this undated photo provided by St. Bonaventure University, Brother F. Edward Coughlin poses in St. Bonaventure, N.Y. Coughlin, who was president of Siena College in upstate New York, died Tuesday, July 30, 2019, following complications from heart surgery. He was a Buffalo native who attended St. Bonaventure University and later worked there as a professor and administrator. He was 71. (St. Bonaventure University via AP) i

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Siena College President Brother F. Edward Coughlin has died following complications from heart surgery.

The upstate New York college says the 71-year-old Franciscan experienced a catastrophic stroke last week while undergoing scheduled surgery for a congenital heart defect in Rochester. He died Tuesday.

Known as Brother Ed around the Loudonville campus, Coughlin had announced last month that he planned to step down as Siena’s president next summer when his contract expired. He was appointed president of the private college in 2014.

Siena’s vice president for academic affairs, Margaret Madden, will serve as interim president.

Coughlin was a Buffalo native who attended St. Bonaventure University and later worked there as a professor and administrator.

Sen. Charles Schumer tweeted that he was saddened by Coughlin’s passing.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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