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Hugh Thames Aiken ’88

Published in Oct. 11, 1995, issue

Hugh Aiken took his own life June 29, 1995, in Nashville. He had recently moved there with his wife, Jill, to begin his medical residency at Vanderbilt Univ. Hospital.

Throughout his life, Hugh was a scholar and an athlete. His intense passion for everything he did took him to the top of his class at Porter Gaud H.S. in Charleston, S.C. At Princeton Hugh continued to excel academically.

He majored in East Asian studies, with a specialization in Japanese, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. Hugh also played lightweight football and was a member of Tiger Inn. He returned to his native state to attend the Medical Univ. of South Carolina.

Hugh will live on in the memories of all Princetonians who knew him. In the words of one of Hugh's close friends, "His life is like the haiku, brief but powerful in its words and the images it leaves in one's mind."

The class extends its heartfelt condolences to Hugh's family and friends.

The Class of 1988

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