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Elson Floyd told of medical school naming plan before death

WSU also announces details for a celebration of life in August.

Washington State University

As Dr. Elson S. Floyd's passing appeared imminent behind the scenes, WSU leadership apparently had the same thought as all of us: A couple of weeks before he died of cancer, the WSU president was told the new medical school would be named for him.

Interim president Daniel Bernardo told the Spokesman-Review that Floyd "felt really good about that," adding, "this was his crown jewel."

Often times, posthumous gestures become de facto honors for the family left behind; it's really, really cool that it's not simply limited to that in this case.

Bernardo also said what we all knew had to be the case: "What he did while he was fighting that disease, mere mortals can't do."

Additionally, the school has announced the details of Floyd's celebration of life at WSU, which will be held at 3 p.m. on August 26 at Beasley Coliseum, after students return to campus. You can RSVP for the event if you plan on attending, helping to give the school a chance to plan for numbers.