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January 30. 2014 11:48PM

Former Manchester superintendent Brennan diagnosed with cancer


MANCHESTER — Former school superintendent Thomas Brennan is being treated for esophageal cancer, according to radio talk show host Richard Girard.

The former school chief "is fighting for his life," said Girard, whose radio show hosted Brennan weekly.

Brennan, who retired from his school post last June, was diagnosed with the cancer last summer, "literally within a couple weeks of his retirement," Girard said Thursday.

He said Brennan, who is in his mid-60s, is being treated on an outpatient basis.

Brennan initially appeared in the studio for the radio show on 90.7 FM but later participated by phone, Girard said. Brennan's last radio show was Jan. 2.

According to one school employee, people have been contacting the superintendent's office looking to mail cards to Brennan's home.

A phone message left at Brennan's home Thursday wasn't returned.

The Manchester school board selected Brennan for the superintendent post in March 2008, and he started that July. Four years later, Brennan announced his resignation plans and finished his tenure in June 2013.

He also had served as assistant superintendent for secondary education in Manchester from 1998 to 2000, before becoming superintendent of the Kearsarge Regional School District, based in New London.

In an interview with the New Hampshire Union Leader days before he left, Brennan cited extended learning programs as one of the district's most significant successes under his tenure and a reflection of his educational philosophy.

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