James Sterling Ridge, Sr.

General Information

Sterling Ridge, J. Sterling Ridge
Male
October 29, 1936
Alexandria, Rapides Parish, LA, USA
April 18, 2012
Glendale, Maricopa, AZ, USA

Biographical Information

EDUCATION:  Glendale High School, 1955; AA, Phoenix College, 1957; BA, Arizona State University (then Arizona State College), 1959

"Former Glendale Mayor Sterling Ridge dies." glendalestar.com, April 20, 2012:

...He is credited, with his wife, Barbara, with spearheading the successful effort to establish Arizona State University West....

As Mayor, Ridge launched the first paramedic and Dial-a-Ride programs in Arizona, and initiated numerous cooperative agreements with surrounding communities regarding police and fire protection, sewer construction, and municipal water.  He also acquired property in downtown Glendale for the current city hall, and an 80-acre turn-of-the-century-homestead farther north on 59th Avenue that is now the site of the city’s Main Library and Sahuaro Ranch Park....

Cecilia Chan. "Ex-Glendale mayor, Arizona lawmaker Sterling Ridge dies." azcentral.com, April 23, 2012:

...Sterling Ridge spent a dozen years lobbying to bring an ASU campus to the West Valley.

Ridge, his wife, Barbara, and others on the Westside Citizens Committee for Higher Education began their efforts in 1972.

It wasn't until 1984 that their crusade paid off when the governor signed into law a bill authored by then-state Rep. Ridge to create ASU West....

Ridge was born in Louisiana but graduated from Glendale High School. He went on to Phoenix Community College and Arizona State University.  He began his career as a newspaper reporter for The Arizona Republic and the defunct Phoenix Gazette.  From 1960-67 he served as executive sports editor, assistant city editor, state editor and editorial writer for the newspapers....

Employment

Occupation Title Years
Education/Library director of community relations, Arizona State University West
Media/Arts/Design copy boy to editorial writer and editor, Phoenix Newspapers 1954 - 1967
Education/Library assistant to President, Maricopa County Community College District 1967 - 1969
Health Care public relations director, Samaritan Health Service 1969 - 1972
Lawyer/Judicial assistant executive director, State Bar of Arizona 1972 - 1976
Government member, Glendale City Council 1974 - 1976
Business/Financial/Office owner, small business 1976 - 1980
Government mayor, Glendale, Arizona 1976 - 1980
Health Care planner, researcher, Samaritan Health Service 1980 - 1985
Media/Arts/Design writer 1985
Real Estate/Land/Insurance realtor 1985

Arizona Legislative Service

Session Chamber Party District City County Office Notes
36th Legislature, 1st Regular House Republican 17 - Maricopa (1983-92) (1993-2002) (2003-12) Glendale Maricopa
36th Legislature, 2nd Regular House Republican 17 - Maricopa (1983-92) (1993-2002) (2003-12) Glendale Maricopa
37th Legislature, 1st Regular House Republican 17 - Maricopa (1983-92) (1993-2002) (2003-12) Glendale Maricopa
37th Legislature, 2nd Regular House Republican 17 - Maricopa (1983-92) (1993-2002) (2003-12) Glendale Maricopa
38th Legislature, 1st Regular House Republican 17 - Maricopa (1983-92) (1993-2002) (2003-12) Glendale Maricopa
38th Legislature, 2nd Regular House Republican 17 - Maricopa (1983-92) (1993-2002) (2003-12) Glendale Maricopa

Sources

Birth: Arizona Legislative Biography sheet:  Sterling Ridge, first name:  Ancestry's U.S. Public Records Index; Death:  obituary:  "Former Glendale Mayor Sterling Ridge dies." glendalestar.com, April 20, 2012; Occupation(s):   Arizona Legislative Biography sheet and obituary