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Former WWU president James Jarrett dies at 98

Former Western Washington University President James L. Jarrett died Friday, Sept. 11, at the age of 98.

Jarrett was Western’s president for five years from 1959 until 1964.

During that time, Western’s enrollment grew from 2,954 to 4,441. Several new programs and departments were added, including an honors program, physics department and chemistry department.

Buildings added during Jarrett’s tenure were Haggard Hall, the Student Co-operative book store and Viking Commons. When he retired in 1964, 60 percent of the faculty in place was hired by Jarrett, according to Western.

He had a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Utah before earning his doctorate from the University of Michigan. He was also a professor of philosophy.

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