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|3rd United States Secretary of Transportation|
February 2, 1973 – February 1, 1975
|Preceded by||John Volpe|
|Succeeded by||William Thaddeus Coleman Jr.|
|Born||Claude Stout Brinegar|
December 16, 1926
Rockport, California, U.S.
|Died||March 13, 2009 (aged 82)|
Palo Alto, California, U.S.
|Education||Stanford University (BA, MS, PhD)|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1945–1947|
|Unit||United States Army Air Forces|
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 PhD from Stanford University 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 December 16, 1926, to Lyle Rawles Stout and Claude Leroy Stout in Rockport, California, 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, Union Oil and the Pure Oil Company merged. Brinegar 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.
Brinegar was nominated to the post of United States Secretary of Transportation 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. Archived from the original on 2011-03-16. Retrieved 2006-06-07.
John Anthony Volpe
| U.S. Secretary of Transportation
Served under: Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford
William Thaddeus Coleman, Jr.