- Claude Brinegar
Claude Brinegar 3rd United States Secretary of Transportation In office
February 2, 1973 – February 1, 1975
President Richard Nixon
Preceded by John A. Volpe Succeeded by William Thaddeus Coleman, Jr. Personal details Born December 16, 1926
Died March 13, 2009(aged 82)
Palo Alto, California
Alma mater Stanford University Military service Service/branch United States Army Air Forces Years of service 1945-1947
Claude Stout Brinegar (December 16, 1926 – March 13, 2009) was the third United States Secretary of Transportation, serving from February 2, 1973 to February 1, 1975. Holding a Ph.D from Stanford in economic research, Brinegar had previously been an oil company executive. Brinegar was Secretary of Transportation during the 1973 oil crisis.
Claude Brinegar was born Claude Rawles Stout on Dec. 16, 1926, to Lyle Rawles Stout and Claude Leroy Stout in Rockport, Calif., a small lumber town on the coast, 25 miles north of Fort Bragg. After her husband abandoned her and her toddler, Lyle Stout got a teaching job on an Indian reservation. Following her marriage, in 1932, to Butler Brinegar, the boy had a disjointed education, attending a different school each year as his stepfather moved around Northern California for jobs with the Works Progress Administration and other agencies. He legally took his stepfather’s last name in 1951. He served in the United States Army Air Forces, 1945–47, then attended Stanford University where he received a B.A. in Economics with Great Distinction (1950), an M.S. in Mathematics and Statistics (1951), and a Ph.D. in economic research (1953). He was also elected to Phi Beta Kappa. While pursuing his Ph.D., Mr. Brinegar was a Research Assistant with the Food Research Institute in Stanford, California, and an Economic Consultant to the Emporium-Capwell Corporation in San Francisco, California.
Brinegar joined the Union Oil Company (later called Unocal Corporation) in 1953 as an Economic Analyst and held several positions in economics, planning and research until 1965, when he was elected Vice President for Corporate Planning. In October 1965, after Union Oil and the Pure Oil Company merged, he was appointed President of Pure Oil and remained in that position when Pure became Union 76. He was also elected Senior Vice President of the firm and a member of Union Oil's Board of Directors and Executive Committee.
Nominated to the post by Richard Nixon, he also served under Gerald Ford but when Ford said he intended to seek the Presidency, Brinegar resigned and returned to an executive position at Union Oil. In 1980-81, Brinegar was on Ronald Reagan's transition team.
"Biographical Sketches of the Secretaries of Transportation". U.S. Department of Transportation Office of the Historian. http://dotlibrary.dot.gov/Historian/bios.htm. Retrieved 2006-06-07.
- White House press release, December 7, 1972., Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library
- Brinegar, Claude Stout Sobel, Robert (1990). Biographical directory of the United States executive branch, 1774–1989. New York: Greenwood Press. ISBN 0-313-26593-3. . (via Google Books
Political offices Preceded by
John Anthony Volpe
United States Secretary of Transportation
1973 – 1975
William Thaddeus Coleman, Jr.
United States Secretaries of Transportation Cabinet of President Richard Nixon (1969–1974) Vice President Secretary of State Secretary of the Treasury Secretary of Defense Attorney General Postmaster GeneralWinton M. Blount (1969–1971) Secretary of the InteriorWalter Joseph Hickel (1969–1971) • Rogers Morton (1971–1975) Secretary of the Agriculture Secretary of Commerce Secretary of Labor Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Secretary of TransportationJohn A. Volpe (1969–1973) • Claude Brinegar (1973–1975) Cabinet of President Gerald Ford (1974–1977) Cabinet Secretary of StateHenry Kissinger (1974–1977) Secretary of the TreasuryWilliam E. Simon (1974–1977) Secretary of Defense Attorney GeneralWilliam Saxbe (1974–1975) • Edward Levi (1975–1977) Secretary of the Interior Secretary of the Agriculture Secretary of Commerce Secretary of Labor Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Secretary of TransportationClaude Brinegar (1974–1975) • William Thaddeus Coleman, Jr. (1975–1977) Cabinet-level Vice PresidentNone (1974), Nelson Rockefeller (1974–1977) Ambassador to the United Nations Director of the Office of
Management and Budget
for Trade NegotiationsFrederick B. Dent (1975 – 1977)
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