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Robert Buford Rigney, American county official. Named to Teachers Hall of Fame, 1983; recipient 16 Achievement awards, National Association Counties, Silver Beaver award, Boy Scouts American, 1977, Community award, Lighthouse for Blind, 1977, Public Relations Society of America, 1979, Government medal, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan, 1984.


Rigney, Robert Buford was born on May 1, 1926 in Long Beach, California, United States. Son of Harold Nevins and Nelly Amanda (Buford) Rigney.


AB, Stanford University, 1950. Postgraduate, Mexico City College, 1951. Postgraduate, University Redlands, Claremont, 1956.

Postgraduate, University Southern California, 1972.


Senior administrative analyst, coordinator special district County of San Bernardino, California, 1960—1966, assistant county administrative officer, 1966—1973, county administrative officer, 1980. Administrator, executive officer Environmental Improvement Agency, since 1973. Chairman National Academy of Sciences National Research Council Panel on Earthquake Estimation.

Executive officer San Bernardino County Redevelopment Agency. Member California Seismic Safety Committee, chairman, 1977—1978, Long-Range Reconstruction and Recovery Committee. Member Gov's Earthquake Preparedness Task Force Steering Committee, 1981—1983.

Delegate Gov's Commission of Californians, since 1980, chairman environmental committee, since 1985. Board directors California Inland Empire council Boy Scouts American, 1974—1979, president, since 1983. Board directors City-County Joint Powers Authority, Greater San Bernardino, since 1983, Kimberly-Shirk Foundation, Inland Empire Cultural Foundation, since 1982.

Chairman Peoples Republic of China/United States Construction Specialists Exchange Tour, 1978, Peoples Republic of China Local Government Exchange Tour, 1980, Infrastructure Finance Committee, 1984, Housing Land Use and Transportation Committee, 1984. Member Energy Resources Committee, 1983. Chairman program advisory board public administrator California State University, San Bernardino, since 1983.

Consultant United States Office Science and Technology Policy. Member county relations with cities committee, 1984.


Member County Supervisors Association of California, since 1980. Member of National Association County Administrators, National Association Counties, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, League California Cities, Redlands Roundtable Club (president since 1959), Rotary Club, Native Sons of the Golden West Club, Redlands Dance Club, Phi Delta Kappa, Phi Alpha Theta.


Married Lowenda May Morris, December 21, 1952. Children: Michael Owen, Jeffrey Owen.

Harold Nevins Rigney

Nelly Amanda (Buford) Rigney

Lowenda May Morris

Michael Owen Rigney

Jeffrey Owen Rigney