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Les Aspin PhD '66

Former defense secretary Les P. Aspin PhD '66 died of a stroke on May 21. Before being named defense secretary by President Clinton in 1993, Aspin had served as chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.

Aspin delivered the commencement keynote address in 1992, in which he talked about the myriad changes that faced the first class to graduate in the post-Soviet era.

A long-time Wisconsin representative, Aspin resigned his post as defense secretary last year in controversy over his handling of an incident involving USpeacekeeping in Somalia. He was 56.