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FRESNO, CA – The Central Valley Community Foundation (CVCF) and staff join the community in mourning the passing of Judge Armando Rodriguez. Like so many other organizations, CVCF benefited from Judge Rodriguez’s involvement as a member of the board of directors from 2012 to 2014. He established a memorial scholarship fund in honor of his wife Betty Rodriguez.

Judge Rodriguez was trailblazer and inspiration to many of us in the Central Valley,” said Ashley Swearengin, President and CEO of the Central Valley Community Foundation. “Throughout my time as Mayor of Fresno, I had the privilege to see firsthand the many ways in which Judge Rodriguez positively impacted our community.”

The Betty Rodriguez Memorial Scholarship Fund provides college scholarships to local students. Anyone interested in contributing to the fund in honor of Judge Rodriguez can do so by visiting here

Judge Rodriguez, the ninth of 12 children, served four years as an Air Force code specialist in the Korean War. He attended Fresno State on the GI Bill, graduating in 1959 with a bachelor’s degree in political science  He earned his law degree from the Lincoln School of Law in San Francisco, and established the first California Rural Legal Assistance program in California.

In 1972 Rodriguez became the first Hispanic elected to the Fresno County Board of Supervisors of Fresno County. He was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to be a Fresno County Superior Court judge in 1975.

Rodriguez retired in 1996, but continued to serve on assignment covering court vacancies throughout the state. Known as an icon in the local Latino community, Rodriguez has a long history of service working in leadership roles with Arte Americas, Fresno State Alumni Association, Radio Bilingüe, Fresno County Community Hospital, Fresno-Torreon Sister-City Committee and other community organizations.