|Birth: ||Nov. 20, 1915|
|Death: ||Mar. 7, 1995|
Los Angeles County
John Allen Buggs, former director of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights who was a leading advocate for the black community after the 1965 Watts riots and then an adviser to three Presidents, has died.
A daughter, Zara Gale Taylor, said her father was 79 and died Tuesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease.
Buggs began his 53-year career in Florida and moved in the early 1950's to Los Angeles, where he rose to national prominence as a peacemaker in the aftermath of the Watts riots.
He served under Presidents Richard M. Nixon, Gerald R. Ford and Jimmy Carter as executive director of the U.S. Commission on civil Rights and as staff director of the Model Cities Administration at the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
He came to the federal commission in 1971 after serving on the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission form 1954 to 1967. Buggs retired in 1978 after a stroke.
Born in Brunswick, GA, Buggs was the son of southern Georgia's first black physician, Dr. Charles Wesley Buggs, the family said.
He served as executive director of the NAACP in Marion Couunty, Florida, and was co-chairman of the Florida State Committee on School Integration before moving with his family to California.
In addition to his daughter, Buggs is survived by hiswife of 52 years, Mary Gal (Polly) Buggs, and another daughter Diane D. Dix, and two grandsons.
Funeral services were held at St. Phillip's Episcopal Church at 2800 Stanford Ave., Los Angeles. The family suggested memorial donations to Dillard University, Buggs' alma mater in New Orleans, where a scholarship fund is set up.
Mary Gale Brown Buggs (1917 - 2005)*
Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale)
Los Angeles County
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