By Sara Powers

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) — The family of a longtime Central Michigan University administrator likes to visit a tree and plaque that were placed in his honor.

So relatives were surprised during a recent stop: the memorial for Edward Brown was gone. His daughter, Theresa Brown Hoffman, scrambled to get some answers.

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CMU said the buckeye tree and plaque were removed outside Foust Hall due to a construction project, The Morning Sun reported. The tree was too large to transplant.

Brown was CMU’s health administrator from 1976 until his death in 1990.

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The university said a new tree will be planted in September, and the plaque will return. Officials plan to send a photo to Brown’s family.

“Obviously, there will be no cost to the family,” the university said.

Hoffman said the result is “very positive.”

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