John Jay Iselin

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John Jay Iselin (December 8, 1933 in Greenville, South Carolina – May 6, 2008 New York City[1]), great-great-great-great-grandson of John Jay,[2] was president of the Marconi fellowship foundation at Columbia University.[3] He was also an adjunct faculty member of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.[4]

Iselin was a graduate of St. Mark's School, and Harvard, where he served as Managing Editor[5] of the Crimson. In 1959, he was selected as a Marshall Scholar, and in 2001 became founding Chairman of the New York Marshall Committee.[6]

Until 2000, Iselin served as President of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. Before that he served as president of WNET.

For over 40 years he spent his summers in Vinalhaven, Maine.[7]


  1. ^ "Obituary: John Jay Iselin". The Greenville News. Retrieved 2008-12-05. Memorial Service ... 11 a.m. on May 29, 2008, in the Great Hall of the Cooper Union 
  2. ^ Fred Knubel, Columbia Celebrates 250th Birthday of John Jay, Class of 1764 Conference, Exhibits Mark Contributions of a Founder
  3. ^ Suzanne Trimel, Columbia University Record John Jay Iselin Named President of Marconi Foundation; Reception Honors Fellows (October 2, 2000) 26 (05)
  4. ^ John Jay Iselin Adjunct Faculty The Graduate School of Journalism
  5. ^ Pope, John (Spring 2008). "John Jay Iselin, Crimed". Television Quarterly. National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. 3: 82–84.  John Jay Iselin, Crimed
  6. ^ Raymond, Ray. "John Jay Iselin CBE Former Chairman of the New York Selection Committee". Retrieved 2008-12-05. In 2001, Jay became the founding Chairman of the New York Marshall Committee. In that role, he was a steadfast beacon of civility, graciousness, fairness and wisdom. 
  7. ^ John Iselin Obituary - New York, NY | New York Times Retrieved 2017-04-14.
Preceded by
Bill N. Lacy
President of Cooper Union
Succeeded by
George Campbell Jr.