Released On: August 13, 2003
His contributions to Reclamation and the country are a tribute to his memory, and his death is a great loss to this agency. I extend my condolences to his widow, Sue Broadbent, and his family.
Robert N. Broadbent was born in Ely, Nev., June 19, 1926. He received a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacology from Idaho State College, then worked as a pharmacist and politician in Clark County, Nev., from 1950 to 1975. Broadbent was elected as the first mayor of Boulder City, Nev., and he also directed the Las Vegas Valley Water District.
He became Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation, in 1981. During his first year as Commissioner, the bureau's name reverted to Bureau of Reclamation from the Water and Power Resources Service. After serving as Commissioner for four years, Broadbent was named Assistant Secretary of the Department of the Interior - Water and Science.
He returned to Nevada in 1986 to become Clark County director of aviation, and worked to modernize McCarran Airport, one of the nation's largest air terminals.
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