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Hargadon, former Dean of Admission, dies at 80

Fred Hargadon, the former Dean of Admission known for the iconic ‘YES!’ he included at the top of admitted students’ acceptance letters, died Wednesday night, the University confirmed. He was 80.

Hargadon came to the University in 1988, after leading the admission offices at Swarthmore College and Stanford University. He retired in 2003, following an incident in which an admissions staff member used applicants’ private information to check their admissions statuses at Yale.

He was succeeded by current Dean of Admission Janet Rapelye.

Hargadon was known for enthusiastically supporting Princeton athletics, and for frequently attending sports games as well as performances and other campus events. Hargadon Hall in Whitman College bears his name, with the signature ‘YES!’ inscribed on the floor beneath the arch.

Correction: Due to a reporting error, an earlier version of this article misidentified the first school at which Hargadon served as Dean of Admission. It was Swarthmore College. The ‘Prince’ regrets the error. 

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