Nominations, October 23, 1981

Nomination of Robert L. Barry To Be the United States Ambassador to Bulgaria

October 23, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate Robert L. Barry, of New Hampshire, to be Ambassador to Bulgaria. He would succeed Jack Richard Perry.

Mr. Barry served in the United States Navy in 1957 - 60. He entered the Foreign Service in 1962 and was vice counsul in Zagreb in 1963 - 65. In 1965 - 67 he was in the Department of State as international relations officer in the Office of Soviet Union Affairs. He studied the Russian language at Munich (Garmisch) in 1967 - 68. He was consular officer, then political officer in Moscow (1968 - 70), political officer at the United States Mission to the United Nations in New York (1971 - 73). He was on detail to the International Communication Agency as Director of the U.S.S.R. Division of the Voice of America in 1973 - 75. In the Department of State he was Deputy Director of the Office of Soviet Union Affairs (1975 - 77), Director of the Office of United Nations Political Affairs (1977 - 78), Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs (1978 - 79), and since 1979 he has been Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs.

Mr. Barry graduated from Dartmouth College (B.A., 1956) and Columbia University (M.A., 1962). He is married, has three children, and resides in Rindge, N.H. He was born August 28, 1934, in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Nomination of Melvyn R. Paisley To Be an Assistant Secretary of the Navy

October 23, 1981

The President today announced his intention to be Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Engineering and Systems. He would succeed David E. Mann.

Mr. Paisley is currently vice president of Boeing International and manager of International operations. During the past 27 years at Boeing, Mr. Paisley has filled numerous management and engineering positions. In 1954 he was responsible for the design and test on the BOMARC missle. In 1959 he became manager of the electronics staff for the Minuteman missle system where he directed early development of a radio launch control system.

In 1961 Mr. Paisley was appointed engineering manager of the Minuteman system at Wing I in Great Falls, Mont., where he was responsible for the engineering aspects of deploying the first Minuteman Wing.

Following that assignment, he was manager of the Safeguard anti-ballistic missle implementation project and was then assigned as the B-1 electronics proposal manager. In 1971 he became the 747 Tankers program manager. His last assignment before taking his present position was director of planning for Boeing Aerospace Co.

Mr. Paisley graduated from the American Institute of Technology (1953) and MIT (1954). He is married, has four children, and resides in Kent, Wash. He was born October 9, 1924, in Portland, Oreg.