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John V. Briggs

1973 Distinguished Alumnus

John V. Briggs

John V. Briggs

1956, B.S., Management, CSULB

Briggs was born in Mitchell, South Dakota and moved to southern California in 1935, where he was raised by his single mother. He attended high school and college in southern California and later served in the United States Air Force from 1947 to 1951, seeing action in the Korean Theater.

After his stint in the Air Force, Briggs served in the United States Naval Reserve. Near the end of his military service, Briggs met his future wife, Carmen Nicasio, at a USO dance. Together, they had three children and currently have eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

After his military service, Briggs started a successful insurance brokerage. In June 1973 (during his fourth term as Assemblyman), Briggs was selected by his Alma Mater, California State University, as Outstanding Alumnus.

Throughout the years, Briggs has remained active in a variety of community groups including the Jaycees, the Rotary Club, and the Boys and Girls Club.

From Alumni Awards 1973 program