Excellent essay, Dr. Lange, rich with information and humor. I particularly enjoyed the last three paragraphs, explaining why the trustees (or most of them) decided to move forward. Trustees, like the rest of us, dislike embarrassment and losing (I had forgotten about Agnes Scott); they also dislike being outpaced by peers. It might be worth mentioning that at the time Princeton was deliberating the issue of coeducation, Yale had already announced (November 1968), and most other Ivies, including Harvard, had reached that point some time earlier. The writing was on the wall for Princeton.
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