Nominations & Appointments, October 30, 1981

Nomination of Francis Terry McNamara To Be United Sates Ambassador to Gabon and Sao Tome and Principe

October 30, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate Francis Terry McNamara, of Vermont, to be Ambassador to the Gabonese Republic and to the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe. He would succeed Arthur T. Tienken.

Mr. McNamara served in the United States Navy in 1944 - 46 and 1950 - 51. In 1954 - 55 he was with the State Bank of Albany, Albany, N.Y., and served as a management intern with the United States Army at Watervliet, N.Y. in 1955 - 56. He entered the Foreign Service in 1956 and was an economic officer in Salisbury in 1957 - 59. In 1959 - 61 he served as a research analyst in the Department, departing in 1961 to become political officer in Lumbumbashi until 1964. From there he served as political officer in Dar es Salaam until 1967, when he was assigned to the Armed Forces Staff College. At the end of 1967 he became an economic officer in the Bureau of African Affairs in the Department, where he served until 1968 when he went on detail for the Agency for International Development to serve as Chief of Rural Development and Deputy Provincial Senior Adviser in Saigon. Thereafter he became principal officer in Da Nang until 1971, when he was assigned for a year to the Naval War College. In 1972 - 74 Mr. McNamara was Deputy Chief of Mission in Cotonou and in 1974 - 75 was consul general in Can Tho. For a time in 1975 Mr. McNamara was Associate Director of the Task Force for Resettlement of Indochinese Refugees in the Department before being assigned as consul general in Quebec until 1979. In early 1980 he became Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs where he has been serving until recently.

Mr. McNamara graduated from Russell Sage College (B.A., 1953) and George Washington University (M.S., 1972). He is married, has seven children, and resides in Manchester, Vt. He was born November 2, 1927, in Troy, N.Y.

Nomination of Benjamin F. Baer To Be Commissioner of the United States Parole Commission

October 30, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate Benjamin F. Baer to be Commissioner of the United States Parole Commission for a term of 6 years. He would succeed Joseph A. Nardoza.

Since 1972 Mr. Baer has been associated with the United States Parole Commission. He was hearing examiner in 1972 - 74 and later was appointed Administrative Hearing Examiner, Western Region, in 1974 - 79. Since 1979 he has been conducting parole hearings of Federal prisoners in the 14 Western institutions. Previously he was chairman, Youth Conservation Commission, Department of Corrections, St. Paul, Minn., and deputy commissioner, Minnesota Department of Corrections, in charge of the juvenile institutions of the State, in 1967 - 72. In 1965 - 67 he was codirector of the Correctional Decisions Information Project in Sacramento, Calif., and was director of corrections, State of Iowa, in 1960 - 64. Mr. Baer was associate warden of San Quentin Prison in 1954 - 60.

Mr. Baer graduated from San Diego State College (B.A., 1941) and the University of Southern California (M.A., 1947). He is married, has three children, and resides in San Mateo, Calif. He was born January 2, 1918, in Peoria, Ill.

Appointment of Warner M. Depuy as the United States Alternate Member of the Susquehanna River Basin Commission

October 30, 1981

The President today announced his intention to appoint Warner M. Depuy to be the Alternate Federal member of the Susquehanna River Basin Commission. He would succeed Patrick Delaney.

Since 1968 Mr. Depuy has served as president and chief executive officer of the First National Bank of Pike County, Pa. Previously he was director of the bank since 1949. He was director, Intercounty Trust Co., Monticello, N.Y., in 1957 - 66; member of the board of directors, Bank of New York (Port Jervis, N.Y.) in 1966 - 75; secretary of revenue, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, in 1966 - 71; and served as a member of the General Assembly of Pennsylvania in 1942 - 50. He has served as a member of the Board of County Commissioners, Pike County, Pa., since 1956.

He graduated from Dartmouth College (A.B., 1939). He is married, has four children, and resides in Milford, Pa. He was born December 18, 1917.

Appointment of Charles L. Hardwick as a Member of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Federalism

October 30, 1981

The President today announced his intention to appoint Charles L. Hardwick to be a member of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Federalism. He would succeed Ross O. Doyen.

Since 1977 Mr. Hardwick has served in the New Jersey General Assembly. He is a member of the Joint Committee on Appropriations and a member of the Labor Committee. He has also served as director, civic information, Pfizer, Inc., of New York, since 1966.

Mr. Hardwick is president of the National Republican Legislators Association and vice chairman of the National Conference of State Legislatures Committee on Law and Justice.

He graduated from Florida State University at Tallahassee (B.S., M.B.A.). Mr. Hardwick is married, has two children, and resides in Westfield, N.J. He was born November 8, 1941, in Somerset, Ky.

Nomination of Ten Members of the Federal Council on the Aging, and Designation of Chairman

October 30, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate the following individuals to serve as members of the Federal Council on the Aging. The President also announced his intention to designate Adelaide Attard Chairman.

Margaret Long Arnold, of Washington, D.C., is presently coordinator, women's activities, National Retired Teachers Association of the American Association of Retired Persons.

Adelaide Attard, of New York, is presently Nassau County Commissioner and member of the National Advisory Committee, 1981 White House Conference on Aging.

Nelda Ann Lambert Barton, of Kentucky, is presently president and chairman of the board of Health Systems, Inc., in Corbin, Ky.

Edna Bogosian, of Massachusetts, is presently principal insurance examiner, Department of Banking and Insurance of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Syd Captain, of Florida, is presently involved with a local talk show on the aged and is a member of the Governor's Conference on Aging.

Charlotte W. Conable, of Washington, D.C., is presently Coordinator of Public Policy Projects, Women's Studies, George Washington University, and a member of the National Advisory Commmittee, 1981 White House Conference on Aging.

Katie G. Dusenberry, of Arizona, is presently a member, Board of Supervisors, Pima County, Ariz., and is president of the National Association of County Agency Programs. She is also president of the Affiliate on Aging Program, National Association of Counties.

Frances (Peg) Lamont, of South Dakota, is a Republican State senator who has authored and passed legislation dealing with the aging. She has twice served on the White House Conference on Aging.

Josephine K. Oblinger, of Illinois, is a State Representative who has drafted legislation regarding issues pertaining to the aging in the areas of care and insurance.

Edna Bonn (Bonny) Russell, of California, is presently director, education and training, at San Jose State University. She is a past member of the California Committee on Aging and was chairman during Governor Reagan's term.

Appointment of the Chairmen of the Ten Federal Regional Councils

October 30, 1981

The President today announced the appointments of the following individuals to be Chairmen of the 10 Federal Regional Councils:

Region I, Boston -- Frederick L. Ahearn, Secretary's Representative, Department of Labor;

Region II, New York -- Joseph D. Monticciolo, Regional Administrator, Department of Housing and Urban Development;

Region III, Philadelphia -- Linda Z. Marston, Regional Director, Department of Health and Human Services;

Region IV, Atlanta -- Clifton G. Brown, Regional Administrator, Department of Housing and Urban Development;

Region V, Chicago -- Wayne A. Stanton, Regional Director, Department of Health and Human Services;

Region VI, Dallas -- John A. Daeley, Regional Director, Department of Health and Human Services;

Region VII, Kansas City -- Patricia S. Keyes, Regional Representative of the Secretary, Department of Transportation;

Region VIII, Denver -- Derrell P. Thompson, Western Representative, Department of the Interior;

Region IX, San Francisco -- George E. Miller, Regional Director, Department of Health and Human Services;

Region X, Seattle -- John R. Spencer, Regional Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency.

Federal Regional Councils are comprised of nine Federal domestic agencies located in 10 standard Federal regions. Each Council is composed of the principal regional officials representing the following departments and agencies: Department of Agriculture, Department of the Interior, Department of Labor, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Transportation, Department of Energy, Department of Education, and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Nomination of Elliott Abrams To Be an Assistant Secretary of State

October 30, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate Elliott Abrams to be Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs. He would succeed Patricia M. Derian. Mr. Abrams will resign his current position as Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations effective upon his assumption of this new position.

In making today's announcement, the President said ``the promotion of liberty has always been a central element of our Nation's foreign policy. In my administration, human rights considerations are important in all aspects of our foreign policy. We will speak up against the enemies of freedom, and we will try to help its friends. We will encourage those who seek freedom, not least by telling the simple truth about their efforts and the efforts of those who seek to oppress them.

As Assistant Secretary for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs, Elliott Abrams will have a key role in this effort. He will give policy advice on human rights issues not only within the State Department but also to the U.S. International Communication Agency and other government agencies. In so doing, he will help this administration remind both Americans and our friends abroad that liberty is our Nation's greatest strength and our deepest wish for all mankind.''

Before assuming his current post at the State Department, Mr. Abrams was an attorney with the law firm of Verner, Lipfert, Bernhard and McPherson of Washington, D.C. He was special counsel to Senator Daniel Moynihan (D-N.Y.) in 1977 - 79. In 1973 - 75 he was an attorney with the firm of Breed, Abbott and Morgan of Boston, Mass.

Mr. Abrams graduated from Harvard University (B.A., 1969); The London School of Economics (M.Sc., 1970); and Harvard Law School (J.D., 1973).

He was born January 24, 1948, in New York, N.Y. He currently resides in Washington, D.C.