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Jon Appleton

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Dartmouth is the place Iíve devoted my life to, so itís very sad to see this kind of decline in the intellectual strength of the institution.
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Quoted in "Long-time music prof leaves for Stanford", The Dartmouth, 30 September 2005

 
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