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Jack Marsh, Edit Profile

also known as John Otho Marsh

Lawyer , United States Representative from Virginia

Jack Marsh,, lawyer, former United States Representative from Virginia. Bar: Virginia 1952, District of Columbia 1970. Recipient Distinguished Public Service medal United States Department Defense (5), Presidential Citizen's medal, 1989, Outstanding Virginian award Virginia Press Association, 1990; named to Outstanding Young Man of Year, 1959.


Marsh,, Jack was born on August 7, 1926 in Winchester, Virginia, United States. Son of John Otho and Nell Virginia (Wayl) Marsh.


Bachelor of Laws, Washington and Lee University, 1951. Degree (honorary), The Citadel. Degree (honorary), James Madison University.

Degree (honorary), Shenandoah University., Hampden-Sydney College.


Private practice, Strasburg, 1952. Town judge, 1954-1962. Town attorney New Market, Virginia, 1954-1962.

Member United States Congress from 7th Virginia district, 1963—1971. Assistant secretary for legislation affairs United States Department Defense, Washington, 1972-1973. Assistant to the vice president for national security affairs The White House, 1973-1974, counselor to President with Cabinet Rank, 1974—1977.

Partner Mays, Valentine, Davenport & Moore LLP, 1977-1981. Secretary Department Army, 1981-1989. Assistant secretary for special operations/low intensity conflict United States Department Defense, 1987-1988, legislation counsel to secretary, 1989-1990.

Member Hazel & Thomas, Professional Corporation, Winchester and Falls Church, Virginia, 1990-1994, of counsel Winchester, 1995—1996. Chairman, interim Chief Executive Officer Novavax, Inc., Rockville, Maryland, 1996—1997. Member Shenandoah County (Virginia) School Board, 1958-1960.

Chairman Reserve Forces Policy Board, 1989-1994. Chairman Secretary Defense's Panel on Quality of Life, since 1995. Co-chairman, independent review goup Walter Reed Hospital, Bethesda Naval Hospital.

Visiting professor ethics, Virginia Military Institute, 1998-1999, adjunct professor law, College William & Mary, 1999-2000, distinguished adjunct professor law, George Mason University, since 2005.


  • Bar: Virginia 1952, District of Columbia 1970.


Member American Revolution Bicentennial Commission, 1966-1970. Served with Army of the United States, 1944-1947. Lieutenant colonel Virginia National Guard, retired.

Member Virginia State Bar, Virginia Junior Chamber of Commerce (life), American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, National Guard Association United States, Virginia National Guard Association, Masons, Phi Kappa Psi, Phi Delta Phi, Omicron Delta Kappa.


Married Glenn Ann Patterson, July 22, 1950. Children: John O., Rebecca Patterson, Scot Wayland.

John Otho Marsh,

Nell Virginia (Wayl) Marsh,

Glenn Ann Patterson

John O. Marsh,

Rebecca Patterson Marsh,

Scot Wayland Marsh,