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Paul T. Ruxin '65
Medal for Eminent Service
Paul T. Ruxin ’65 is one of Amherst’s most dedicated alumni and one of the College’s most committed volunteers.
A resident of Chicago, Ruxin has supported his alma mater’s efforts in admission, fundraising, alumni programming and academic outreach. He has served as an alumni interviewer for prospective students, as a longtime class agent and as a participant in reunion planning. A bibliophile and collector, Ruxin has made a special mark at the College by combining his love for books with his love for his alma mater: He is a lifetime member of the Friends of The Amherst College Library, where he has been vice-chair for many years, and he served on the Folger Shakespeare Library Committee of Amherst’s Board of Trustees until it was reorganized into an independent board of governors. He will become chairman of the Folger’s Board of Governors this summer.
Ruxin speaks widely about his books—one of the three largest collections of Johnson and Boswell materials in private hands—and other literary subjects. He is a member of the Rowfant Club of Cleveland, the Chicago Literary Club, the Caxton Club of Chicago, the Grolier Club of New York and the Association Internationale de Bibliophilie. He also serves on the editorial committee of the Yale Editions of the Private Papers of James Boswell.
A partner at Jones Day (Chicago and Cleveland), Ruxin concentrates his practice on the representation of natural gas, pipeline, electric and telephone public utilities before state and federal regulatory bodies and in the courts. He is a member of the American Bar Association (Public Utility Law Section), the Energy Bar Association, the Cleveland Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Association. He frequently speaks at utility industry meetings and seminars and is currently listed in the public utilities section of The Best Lawyers in America and in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers.
Ruxin earned an LL.B. degree in 1968 from the University of Virginia, where he was notes editor and a member of the Law Review and the Order of the Coif.