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Distinguished Alumnus, Barry Montgomery, Delivers Commencement Address

C. Barry MontgomeryRespected jurist, C. Barry Montgomery ’59, returned to Muskingum College to deliver a moving commencement address to more than 300 graduating seniors.  Mr. Montgomery—a founding partner of Williams, Montgomery & Jones in Chicago—is one of our nation’s foremost litigators, having tried more than 150 cases in many jurisdictions and at the highest levels of both the federal and state court systems.  In his practice, Mr. Montgomery represents both plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of civil matters and he is often lead counsel in high profile court cases.  He is also known for his impressive body of scholarship—authoring countless publications, delivering frequent lectures, and leading important educational seminars.  Mr. Montgomery’s legal acumen has earned him recognition as one of the top ten lawyers in our nation by The National Law Journal.

Despite the many demands of his career, Mr. Montgomery remains a dedicated alumnus and has served as a trustee of Muskingum College for more than thirty years. 

In his address, Mr. Montgomery offered wise counsel to the graduating class and encouraged them to prove their excellence.  “Mr. Montgomery’s remarks to the senior class perfectly blended an inspirational message with pragmatic advice,” noted President Anne C. Steele.  She continued, “Muskingum College is fortunate to count Mr. Montgomery as an alumnus—he is an extraordinary testament to the timeless vitality of this community of learning.”

Present for Mr. Montgomery’s remarks were 40 other members of the Montgomery family, underscoring the unique link between the Montgomerys and Muskingum College.  Mr. Montgomery’s grandfather, J. Knox Montgomery, and his uncle, Robert N. Montgomery, were both former presidents of Muskingum.  Throughout Mr. Montgomery’s remarkable address, his deep affection for Muskingum College and its long traditions of educational excellence was evident.