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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Kay Yow passes after more than 20 years of battling cancer

WRAL video tribute

Kay Yow, State's iconic women's basketball coach, passed away this morning from breast cancer.

She was 66.

Her passing comes after a steady decline in her health over the last few months. When she announced that she was stepping aside and would not coach the remainder of this season earlier this month, it was an indication that things were serious. Kay, more than perhaps anyone I can recall, was not one to let the difficulties posed by cancer get in the way of her calling. Her place was on the court, with her players, teaching and coaching. It was not until the very end that cancer prevented her from doing so.

As soon as I hear more about services and arrangements, I'll try to post them.

UPDATE: Per GoPack.com, State's women's basketball game against Wake Forest has been rescheduled for Feb. 10 in Winston-Salem. Also, per this release,
Additionally, anyone wishing to leave flowers on campus in Coach Yow's memory should leave them at the Belltower. Reynolds Coliseum is preparing for Monday's Millennium Seminars / Harrelson Seminar Lecture featuring former President Bill Clinton.

Flowers can also be sent to the Brown-Wynne Funeral Home

200 SE Maynard Rd.
Cary, NC 27511
(919) 467-8178
As sad a day in N.C. State history as I can recall.

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