John Nason, an American educator who as a college president helped release more than 3,000 Japanese-American students interned during World War II, died Nov. 16 in Kennett Square, Pa., a newspaper reported Thursday. He was 96.

Nason was president of Swarthmore College from 1940 to 1953. He led a group supporting students sent to internment camps and negotiated with federal authorities for their release from 1942 to 1945, the New York Times said.

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