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Reclamation Remembers the Life of Floyd Dominy

Media Contact: Peter Soeth, 303-445-3615,

For Release: April 23, 2010

A photo of Floyd Dominy at his 100th birthday.One of the longest serving Commissioners in the history of Reclamation, Floyd Dominy, has passed away at the age of 100. Dominy served as Reclamation Commissioner from 1959 to 1969 serving under Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon.

"Reclamation has a long history of 'larger than life' Commissioners and Floyd was certainly at the top of that list," said Reclamation Commissioner Michael Connor. "I hope I have the strength, determination, and tenacity to carry on the legacy that Floyd set in this position to implement my agenda for Reclamation, as he was with his."

Dominy joined Reclamation in 1946 as a land settlement specialist. He supervised the Allocations and Repayment Branch, Division of Irrigation in 1950. He rose to Assistant Commissioner in 1957 and was named Associate Commissioner in 1958. He retired from Reclamation in 1969.

Notable events that occurred during his term as Commissioner include the completion of Glen Canyon, Flaming Gorge, and Navajo Dams of the Colorado River Storage Project. He also played a role in the authorization and initiation of construction of the San Luis Unit and pushed for the completion of the Trinity River Division, Central Valley Project.

Dominy was born and grew up on a farm in Adams County, Neb., and graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1932.

"This is definitely the end of an era. His was a life full of great accomplishments and he will definitely be missed," added Connor.

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Biography of Reclamation Commissioner Floyd Dominy