Colonel Allan Faxon, Jr. '81 Selected as Southern Vermont Colege Distinguished Alumnus

April 25, 2012

Allan M. Faxon, Jr., of Manchester, Vt., has been recognized by Southern Vermont College as the 2012 Distinguished Alumnus. The Distinguished Alumni Award is given to an alumna or alumnus of Southern Vermont College or its predecessor, St. Joseph College, in recognition of a combination of career, community service and personal achievements.

Faxon joined the United States Marine Corps upon his SVC graduation in 1981 and has served three decades as an officer. He later transitioned into the reserves after serving in many posts from California to Okinawa, Japan. After 9/11, Faxon was called up to serve as part of a special Marines anti-terrorism unit that conducted security operations throughout the Middle East. In 2005, he was sent to Iraq, where he served as Deputy Chief for Logistics for all coalition forces.

In 2009, Colonel Faxon completed his last deployment as the Assistant Chief of Staff (Engineer) for the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, known as Task Force Leatherneck, in Afghanistan. As lead engineer for the Helmand Province, he oversaw the building of several bases, roads, and bridges, and one of the largest airfields ever built in a combat zone. In 2011, Colonel Faxon retired from the 4th Marine Division aboard the USS Constitution, Old Ironsides, the oldest ship in the Navy.

“Colonel Faxon has repeatedly gone above and beyond the call of duty in service to his country and the local community, “ said SVC Acting President Jim Beckwith who will present the award at Commencement. “He is an alumnus we can all be proud of.”

Faxon is currently serving as Resource Manager for Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security in Columbus, Ohio, responsible for identifying available resources needed to prepare for incidents such as terrorism and natural disasters. His wife, Nancy (O’Connell ’80) Faxon, will accept the award on his behalf at the College’s 85th Commencement in May.

From 2003 to 2012, when not deployed, Faxon has taught math and science at Burr and Burton Academy in Manchester, Vt. His areas of expertise include algebra, business math, accounting and physics, in addition to coaching football and alpine ski racing.

In 1981, Faxon earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Southern Vermont College. During the winter of 1979 to 1980, Faxon was captain of the SVC ski team, during which time they placed 13th in the nation. That year, Faxon earned Most Valuable Player for the team with his leadership and practice regimen which led to an invitation to the National Collegiate Ski Championship in Michigan . . . in the first place. 

At the Southern Vermont College Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 12, Bioethicist and author (Baby at Risk) Dr.Ruth Levy Guyer, will be this year’s Commencement speaker and honorary degree recipient.