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No. 2 Marine

U.S. Marine General John “Jay” Paxton ’73, M.Eng. ’74, received his fourth star and became assistant commandant of the Marine Corps Dec. 15 in a ceremony at the Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C.

According to Kevin Bruns ’79, president of the Cornell Delta Upsilon Association, about a dozen Cornellians, including nine Delta Upsilon alumni, were among the 200 attending the ceremony. Paxton’s wife, Debbie, is also a Cornellian (Class of 1975).

Bruns said that Paxton spoke at the ceremony about the four greatest influences on his life – one was his deep friendship with his DU brothers and his experience at “6 South Avenue” during his Cornell years. Paxton was president of DU, a member of the 1971 NCAA lacrosse championship team and also played football.

President Barack Obama nominated Paxton in October and his nomination was confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

– Joe Wilensky


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