Distinguished Alumni 1996
Maj. Gen. Randall "Randy" L. Rigby and Carol Ann Young Rigby
"Road to Fort Sill began at Cameron for Rigbys"
From the Fall 1996 Cameron Today
When two Lawton High School graduates made the decision in 1964 to attend Cameron, the stage was set for the rest of their lives. Maj. Gen. Randall "Randy" L. Rigby and Carol Ann Young Rigby met and started dating when they were both students here in 1964-66.
The Rigbys received their associates degrees from Cameron in 1966 and bachelors degrees from Oklahoma State University in 1968. They wed just six days after graduation from OSU.
Randy received a masters degree in experimental psychology from the University of Oklahoma and an M.B.A. from Long Island University. His military education includes completion of the Field Artillery Basic Course, the U.S. Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare School, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Army War College.
Randy's military career began at Cameron where he was an ROTC member and cadet brigade commander. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the field artillery following graduation from OSU in 1968.
Rigby is now the commanding general of the U.S. Army Field Artillery Center and commandant of the U.S. Army Field Artillery School at Fort Sill. He has served as the deputy commandant of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.; deputy director for assessment for the Joint Staff; commander of the 6th Infantry Division Artillery, Alaska; executive officer to the vice chief of staff; and as the chief of the program development division in the Program Analysis and Evaluation Directorate.
He has been a psychology instructor at West Point and also served as the executive officer of the 6th Battalion, 10th Field Artillery in Germany; Operations Officer 2d Battalion, 17th Field Artillery, 2d Infantry Division, Korea; and as a battery commander in the 172d Infantry Brigade (mechanized) in Alaska. In Vietnam he commanded an artillery battery in the 1st Cavalry Division (airmobile) in combat.
His awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Bronze Star with oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf clusters, Air Medal, Army Commendation medal with oak leaf cluster, and the Army Achievement Medal. He was awarded CU's Distinguished Service Award in 1995 and was commencement speaker in 1996.
Carol was a member and officer of Phi Theta Kappa honor society when she attended Cameron. As a military wife, Carol supervised 23 moves in 28 years. She has accompanied her husband on all of his assignments with the exception of Vietnam and Korea. Although she has 18 years of experience from various jobs she has held, she now devotes full time to being a military wife.
In addition to the responsibilities of a commanding general's wife, Carol currently serves on the boards of 20 organizations in the Lawton-Fort Sill area and is a frequent speaker. She hosted a tour of Sherman House, the official residence for commanding generals at Fort Sill, when the CU President's Partners' Gala was held in February.
"I often tell people that I work harder now than I ever did when I received a paycheck," she said.
She has received various honors and awards as a military wife, but she is most proud of receiving the Molly Pitcher Award in 1986, given to Army artillery spouses for service.
The Rigbys have a son and a daughter.