MINNEAPOLIS - In March, Ken Brown witnessed his son, Collin, graduate the University of Minnesota. That was his dying wish. On Monday, Ken ended his battle with ALS.

Ken Brown was diagnosed with ALS during his son’s freshman year at the U of M. It was unknown if Ken would make it to commencement in May when Collin was set to graduate with an engineering degree. So, U of M president Eric Kaler hosted a special graduation ceremony at his residence for Collin.

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"He kept his humor and a fierce will to live until the end. He finished strong," said Ken's wife, Patti Brown, on his Caring Bridge page.

Funeral services for Ken will be held Thursday in New Hope. Memorials may be directed to the ALS Therapy Development Institute, 300 Technology Square, Suite 400, Cambridge, MA 02139.