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 Montpelier Magazine

James Madison Day is March 19

 

The Honorable John O. 'Jack' Marsh Jr., former secretary of the Army and U.S. congressman, will address the university on March 19 as keynote speaker for James Madison Day 2003.

Marsh, known for his lifelong work in law and in service to the military, also served two U.S. presidents.

Marsh enlisted in the Army in 1944 and became a second lieutenant at the age of 19. After serving overseas during World War II, he served in the Army Reserve and in the Virginia National Guard, from which he retired as a lieutenant colonel.

In 1951, Marsh received a law degree from Washington and Lee University and practiced private law for nearly a decade. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1962 and completed four terms. In 1973, Marsh served as assistant secretary of defense

and later as national security adviser for Vice President Gerald Ford. He also served on Ford's cabinet as counselor to the president. In mid-1977, Marsh returned to practicing private law.

President Ronald Reagan named Marsh secretary of the Army in 1981, a position he held until 1989, making his the longest tenure of any U.S. military secretary. Marsh received the Distinguished Public Service Award from the Department of Defense an unprecedented six times and the President's Citizen's Medal for Public Service. Marsh has taught law courses at Virginia Military Institute, The College of William & Mary and George Mason University.

Other highlights of James Madison Day will include the announcement of the winner of a student writing contest sponsored by the student group, the Madison Historians. The contest will focus on all aspects of James Madison's life.

Retiring faculty members and the James Madison Citizenship Award winner will be recognized, and the university will also recognize scholarship donors and recipients.

For more information on James Madison Day events, call Glenda Rooney, associate vice president for parent and constituent relations, at (540) 568-3193.