John F. Iglehart, Commerce Dept. official

July 24, 2013

John F. Iglehart, a regional director with the Commerce Department’s Minority Business Development Agency, died June 30 at a hospital in Waco, Tex. He was 68.

The cause was small intestinal ischemia, a narrowing or blockage of blood vessels to the small intestines, his daughter Hope Iglehart-Jackson said.

Mr. Iglehart retired from the Minority Business Development Agency in 2011 as director of the Dallas regional office. He came to Washington in 1970 as a Labor Department manpower specialist and then joined the MBDA in 1972.

He was assigned to the agency’s regional offices in Washington, San Francisco, New York, Chicago and Atlanta, commuting weekdays while maintaining his home in Washington and later Chillum. In 1998, he moved to Texas and settled in McGregor.

John Franklin Iglehart was born in Waco. He graduated in 1967 from what is now the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and received a master’s degree in education at Prairie View A&M University in Texas in 1971.

In 2008, he received the Commerce Department’s Gold Medal award.

Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Lydia Lopez Iglehart of McGregor; three children, Tanya Iglehart Rogers of Chillum, Hope Iglehart-Jackson of Fort Washington and Thaddeus Iglehart of McGregor; a brother; a sister; and seven grandchildren.

— Bart Barnes

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