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Rodney John Diridon Edit Profile

also known as Rod Diridon

County official

Rodney John Diridon, American county official. Named Distinguished Citizen San Jose City, 1973, One of Five Outstanding Young Men California, 1973, One of Ten Outstanding Young Men American, 1973.


Diridon, Rodney John was born on February 8, 1939 in Dunsmuir, California, United States. Son of Claude and Rhoda Middleton (Covert) Diridon.


Master of Science, San Jose State University, 1963.


Fireman/brakeman S.P. R.R., 1958-1963. Skiing instructor Mount Shasta Ski Bowl, 1960-1963. Fraternity comptroller Sigma Phi Epsilon, 1960-1962.

Research assistant San Jose State University Institute Business Economic Research, 1963, member dean's council, 1971-1973, president's council, 1969-1972. Management systems analyst Lockheed Missiles Company, 1967-1969. President, chief executive officer Diridon Research Corporation, San Jose, California, 1969-1975.

Board supervisors Santa Clara County, since 1975, chairman board, 1978, 81, 85. Adjunct professor San Jose State University. Member executive committee Association Bay Area Governments, since 1972, president, 1976-1978.

Member Saratoga City Council, 1972-1974, Save San Francisco Bay Association, 1971-1977. County chairman State Board, 1970-1972. Chairman Santa Clara County Employment Training Board, 1977.

Member Transit Board Santa Clara County, since 1975, chairman, 1979, 82, 86. Member Metropolitan Transportation Commission, since 1979. Chairman board California Library Authority for Systems and Services, 1976.

Chair transportation steering committee National Association Counties, since 1978. Chairman Citizens for Transit Action Committee, 1976-1979. Chair Santa Clara County Energy Task Team, 1976-1977.

Member California Institute for Technology Exchange Transit Inspection Trip to Europe, 1985.


Board directors Mental Health Association California. Chairman Special Olympics for Mentally Retarded Children, 1971-1972, 75-77. Chairman citizens advisory board County Methadone Program, 1970-1971.

Member advisory committee San Jose-Santa Clara Water Pollution Control Treatment Plant. Member joint conference committee Valley Medical Center, 1978. Chairman and vice-chairman San Jose Citizens Community Improvement Committee, 1969-1973.

Founding chairman County Research Society, 1971-1972. President San Jose Symphony Association, 1973-1975. Founder, chair National Council on Alcoholism.

Board directors Multiple Sclerosis Society, American Heart Association, 1971-1972, Dental Health Council California, Retirement Jobs, Inc., Santa Clara Central division United Way, 1975-1977. Chairman Scout-O-Rama, 1976-1985. Chairman board governors Central Santa Clara County Young Men’s Christian Association, 1973.

Chairman Solar Energy Technology Advisory Committee, 1978-1979. Chairman board control Guadalupe Corridor Light Rail Project, since 1979. Chair Intergovtl. Council, 1976.

Chairman Peninsula Transportation Alternatives Program, 1978-1983. Member State California Local Government Commission. Chairman Bay Area Air Quality Management District, 1984.

Member County Supervisors Association California (chairman transportation and public works committee), California Association Regional Councils San Jose State University Alumni Association (director 1969-1972), California Junior Chamber of C. (president), Junior Chamber of Commerce (senator), San Jose Junior Chamber of C. (president, chairman board 1969-1970) Clubs: Rotarian, Commonwealth (San Francisco).


Married Mary Ann Fudge, July 4, 1964. Children: Rodney John, Mary Margaret.

Claude Diridon

Rhoda Middleton (Covert) Diridon

Mary Ann Fudge

Rodney John Diridon

Mary Margaret Diridon