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Jack Millender Cotton ’32

Published in Feb. 10, 1993, issue

JACK COTTON died of congestive heart failure Oct. 19, 1992, at Sibley Memorial Hospital. He had homes in Bethesda, Md., and Clearwater, Fla. Jack was a public servant par excellence. Shortly after graduating from New York Univ. Law School in 1936, he became an assistant district attorney of New York County. Except during WWII, he held that office until 1954, serving first with Thomas E. Dewey and later under Frank Hogan.

In 1954, he moved to the Washington area to become VP. of an Alexandria electronics firm. In 1957, however, he returned to law as a trial attorney in the Dept. of Justice, from which he retired in 1983. Specializing in criminal tax matters, he also worked with and advised numerous assistant U.S. attorney across the nation. He was a member of the Chevy Chase and Metropolitan clubs.

During WWII, Jack served with the Army in the Mediterranean Theatre, receiving the Bronze Star and attaining the rank of major. He was the corp judge advocate for the VI Army Corp, from its landing in Anzio to the end of the war in Austria.

Jack is survived by his widow, the former Adele Emerson, whom he married in 1950 and who lives in Bethesda and Clearwater; two sons from his first marriage, John M. and Joseph W; a stepson, John B. Tytus; a stepdaughter, Bettina T. Brawn; a sister, Mary Josephine Fite; and three grandchildren. The Class mourns, with all of them, the loss of one who served his community and his country so well.

The Class of 1932

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