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Longtime Dubuque educator Thom Determan dies

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Longtime Dubuque educator Thom Determan died at his home Tuesday at the age of 66.

Determan told KWWL in May he had been diagnosed with a rare carcinoid condition.

"It imitates cancer, but doesn't respond to cancer treatments," Determan told KWWL in May. "It's not reversible. I'm in what they call a 'slow decline.'"

According to the Telegraph Herald, the former social studies teacher, administrator and equity director retired from the Dubuque Community School District in 2003.

Determan is credited with launching an influential Model United Nations program at Hempstead High School, helping teachers think with a "global" perspective and helping create an alternative education program that would eventually become Central Alternative High School.

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