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September 30, 2009

Dr. Dean Yager

Dean Yager, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Vision Science at the College, died last week after a long illness.

A graduate of Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a Ph.D. in  Experimental Psychology,  Dean Yager was a Fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences and the Optical Society of America. He joined the College faculty in 1974, and served as Dean and Chair of the Graduate Program in Vision Science.

He was the recipient of numerous grants, among them a National Eye Institute award to explore the effects of typefaces and text presentation methods on reading. The aim of this research project, he noted, was to provide guidance to low vision patients in the selection of reading methods.

The Dean Yager Award for best published research paper by a graduate student is awarded annually at the Scholars Dinner.