Death of Claude Stout Brinegar

December 16, 1926 - March 13, 2009
Menlo Park, California | Age 82

U.S. transportation secretary under Nixon who led an overhaul of the railroad industry and pushed for energy conservation.
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PALO ALTO, Calif. - Claude Brinegar, who as U.S. transportation secretary led an overhaul of the railroad industry and pushed for energy conservation in response to the oil crisis of 1973, has died. He was 82.

Brinegar died Friday of natural causes at Classic Hyatt Care Center in Palo Alto, according to his daughter Claudia Berglund. He was a resident of Menlo Park and Boothbay Harbor, Maine.

President Richard Nixon nominated Brinegar to become the nation's third...

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