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Robert Rimmer

Robert Henry Rimmer, the author who penned the 1960s bestseller “The Harrad Experiment,” died Aug. 1 at his home in Quincy, Mass. He was 84.

The book, which explored the idea of men and women living together in a college dormitory, was made into a film in 1973 starring Tippi Hedren and Don Johnson.

Rimmer’s other books included “Me and Samuel’s Wife,” “Dreamer of Dreams,” “Byrdwhistle Option” and “Proposition 31.” His works, which revolved around topics including sex without guilt and alternative forms of intimacy, were popular with the free-love generation of the late 1960s.

The Boston native started his own publishing company, Challenge Press, after serving as prexy of family business Relief Printing Corp. He also served in the Army during World War II.

He is survived by his wife, two sons and four grandchildren.

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