Nominations, March 14, 1981

Nomination of Mary Claiborne Jarratt To Be an Assistant Secretary of Agriculture

March 14, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate Mary Claiborne Jarratt to be Assistant Secretary of Agriculture (Food and Consumer Services).

Since 1975 Miss Jarratt has served as a professional staff member, Committee on Agriculture, U.S. House of Representatives. In 1972 - 75 she was executive secretary to William R. Haley, member of the National Transportation Safety Board. Miss Jarratt was executive assistant to Representative Richard H. Poff of Virginia in 1967 - 72. In 1966 - 67 she was assistant to professor, Harvard Graduate School of Business.

Miss Jarratt was graduated from Mary Baldwin College (B.A., 1964) and received a degree of business certification from the Katharine Gibbs School in Boston, Mass. Miss Jarratt was born in Clifton Forge, Va., on October 29, 1942. She is a resident of Alexandria, Va.

Nomination of Frederick Morris Bush To Be an Assistant Secretary of Commerce

March 14, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate Frederick Morris Bush to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Tourism.

Mr. Bush was assistant for administration in the Office of the Vice President-elect during the transition period. In August - November 1980, he was staff assistant to the Reagan-Bush Committee.

In 1979 - 80 Mr. Bush was national finance director of the George Bush for President Committee. In 1977 - 79 he was finance director of the Illinois Republican Party. Mr. Bush was assistant to the finance chairman of the Republican National Committee in 1977. He was national phone bank director of the President Ford Committee in 1975 - 76. In 1974 - 75 he was assistant to the finance chairman of the Republican National Committee. Mr. Bush was legislative aide to Representative Joe Skubitz in 1973. He served as a clerk to the Republican Policy Committee of the U.S. Senate in 1971 - 73.

Mr. Bush was graduated from the University of Colorado (B.A., 1971) and American University (M.A., 1974). Mr. Bush is married and has one child. He resides with his family in Houston, Tex. He was born in Newport News, Va., on February 6, 1949.

Nomination of Russell A. Rourke To Be an Assistant Secretary of Defense

March 14, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate Russell A. Rourke to be Assistant Secretary of Defense (Legislative Affairs).

Since 1977 Mr. Rourke has served as administrative assistant to Representative Harold S. Sawyer (R-Mich.). In 1976 - 77 he served as Special Assistant to the President (Legislative Affairs). Mr. Rourke was Deputy to Presidential Counsellor John O. Marsh, Jr., in 1974 - 76. In 1974 he was the Republican-Conservative nominee for Congress in the 36th District of New York.

Mr. Rourke served in 1965 - 74 as administrative assistant to Representative Henry P. Smith III (R-N.Y.). In 1960 - 64 he was administrative assistant to Representative John R. Pillion (R-N.Y.). Mr. Rourke was associated with the firm of Keogh, Carey and Costello in 1959 - 60. He is a member of the District of Columbia and American Bar Associations. He was graduated from the University of Maryland (B.A., 1953) and Georgetown University Law Center (LL.B., 1959).

Mr. Rourke was born in New York City on December 30, 1931. He is married to the former Judith Anne Muller, and they have three children. He resides with his family in Annapolis, Md.

Nomination of Henry E. Catto, Jr., To Be an Assistant Secretary of Defense

March 14, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate Henry E. Catto, Jr., to be Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs).

Since 1977 Mr. Catto has served as chairman of the IBIS Corp. of Washington, D.C. He has also served as chairman of the Washington Communications Corp.

In 1976 - 77 he was U.S. Permanent Representative to the European Office of the United Nations, with the rank of Ambassador, in Geneva. Mr. Catto was U.S. Chief of Protocol in 1974 - 76. In 1971 - 73 he was U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador. Mr. Catto was Deputy U.S. Representative to the Organization of American States, with the rank of Ambassador; U.S. member, Council on Education, Science and Culture; and U.S. member, Committee on Education, from 1969 to 1971. In 1952 - 69 Mr. Catto was involved with insurance, real estate, and banking interests in Texas.

Mr. Catto was a Republican candidate for the Texas Legislature in 1960 and 1961. He was national finance director, Citizens for Nixon, in 1968.

Mr. Catto was graduated from Williams College (B.A., 1952). He is married and has four children. He resides with his family in McLean, Va. Mr. Catto was born in San Antonio, Tex., on December 6, 1930.

Nomination of William S. Heffelfinger To Be an Assistant Secretary of Energy

March 14, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate William S. Heffelfinger to be Assistant Secretary of Energy (Administration, Procurement, Comptroller, and Finance).

Mr. Heffelfinger is currently serving as Director of Administration at the Department of Energy, where he has served since 1977. In 1977 he was Associate Administrator for Management and Administration, Federal Energy Administration. In 1971 - 77 Mr. Heffelfinger was Assistant Secretary of Transportation (Administration). He was Deputy Assistant Secretary of Transportation (Administration) in 1969 - 71.

Mr. Heffelfinger was staff assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Water and Power Development in 1969. In 1962 - 69 he was director of program review with the Martin-Marietta Corp. Mr. Heffelfinger was Assistant Administrator of the Federal Civil Defense Administration in 1953 - 61. In 1961 - 62 he was Director of Administration of the Office of Emergency Preparedness in the Executive Office of the President. He was institutional business manager for the State of Kansas in 1946 - 53.

Mr. Heffelfinger is married and has three children. He was born in Effingham, Kans., on January 31, 1925. He resides with his family in McLean, Va.

Nomination of J. William Middendorf II To Be Permanent Representative of the United States to the Organization of American States

March 14, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate J. William Middendorf II to be Permanent Representative of the United States of America to the Organization of American States, with the rank of Ambassador.

Mr. Middendorf recently served as chairman of the finance committee of the Presidential Inaugural Committee. During the 1980 Presidential campaign, Mr. Middendorf served as coordinator of the International Economic Advisory Committee and the Naval Advisory Committee. He was also a member of the Strategic Minerals Task Force.

Mr. Middendorf was president and chief executive officer of Financial General Bankshares, Inc. He served as U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands from 1969 to 1973 and as Under Secretary and Secretary of the Navy from 1973 to 1977. Mr. Middendorf's long career in investment banking culminated in 1962 with the formation of his own partnership, which he left in 1969 to enter government service.

He has been active in the Republican Party, serving as treasurer of the Republican National Committee, a delegate or alternate to three Republican National Conventions, and treasurer of the 1968 transition committee. He is the author of numerous articles, a frequent lecturer on major international security and economic issues, and is a member of several national and international organizations concerned with defense, trade, and monetary questions.

Mr. Middendorf was born in Baltimore, Md., on September 22, 1924. He received a bachelor of naval science degree from Holy Cross College in 1945 and a bachelor of arts degree from Harvard University in 1947. In 1954 he received an M.B.A. from New York University Graduate School of Business Administration.

Mr. Middendorf is married to the former Isabelle Paine, and they have four children.