May 7, 2007
Director of Media Relations
AMHERST, Mass.—Paul T. Ruxin ’65 of Chicago, Ill., will receive Amherst College’s Medal for Eminent Service at the college’s commencement exercises on Sunday, May 27. The Medal for Eminent Service is presented to an Amherst alumnus who has demonstrated extraordinary devotion to his alma mater.
Ruxin is one of Amherst’s most committed volunteers. He has served as an alumni interviewer for prospective students; as class agent for many years; as a participant in reunion planning; as a longtime member of the Council of the Friends of The Amherst College Library, where he has been vice-chair for many years; and 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.
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.
A member of the American Bar Association (Public Utility Law Section), the Energy Bar Association, the Cleveland Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Association, Ruxin is a frequent speaker 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.
A bibliophile and collector, Ruxin also 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.
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.
Each year, Amherst College Board of Trustees, in consultation with the secretary of the Society of the Alumni, selects a recipient for the Medal of Eminent Service, which is awarded at Amherst’s Commencement ceremony. The medal was established in 1934 as a means of recognizing exceptional and distinguished service to the college for a great period of time, often in a variety of areas.