Rudd, Eldon

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Name

Rudd, Eldon

Class

2002

Biography

(1920-2002) Born in Camp Verde, Arizona, served as a Carrier Based Marine Corps Fighter Pilot from 1942 to 1946, attaining the rank of Captain. Received B.A. degree in educatio n from Arizona State University in 1947, a Juris Doctor from the University of Arizona in 1949. Served 20 years in the FBI on assignments in Latin America, Washington, D.C., and Phoenix. Played a role in both identifications of revolutionary Che Guevera and Lee Harvey Oswald. Elected to Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, 1972-1976. Elected to U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona’s 4th District in 1976 where he served until retirement in 1987. Known for his appreciation of the need for water conservation and preservation, he continued to serve as an elected member of the Salt River Project board of directors. Played an integral role in the development of several water and energy projects including the Salt River Project. Fiercely loyal to his country and state, authored a book entitled, “World Communism Threat to Freedom,” published in 1987.