Hagel praises ex-Rep. John Y. McCollister, dead at 92, as 'wise, balanced, complete leader'
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, left, and former Rep. John Y. McCollister sit together at McCollister's Omaha home in June.
Posted: Friday, November 1, 2013 12:00 am
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on Friday praised his early mentor, John Y. McCollister, as “a wise, balanced and complete leader, and one of the finest public servants I have ever known.”
Long known in civic and political circles by the distinctive moniker “John Y.,” the three-term Republican congressman from Omaha and a Navy veteran of World War II died Friday morning at 92.
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Friday, November 1, 2013 12:00 am.