Nominations & Appointments, April 17, 1981

Nomination of Russell D. Hale To Be an Assistant Secretary of the Air Force

April 17, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate Russell D. Hale to be Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Financial Management).

Since 1978 Mr. Hale has been a member of the professional staff of the House Committee on Armed Services. In 1975 - 78 he was a member of the professional staff of the House Committee on the Budget, national defense function. He was an account executive to defense/aerospace corporations with IBM's data processing division in 1973 - 75. Mr. Hale was special assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for budget review, acquisition strategies, and procurement policies in 1971 - 73. In 1969 - 71 he was operation research analyst to the Comptroller of the U.S. Air Force.

Mr. Hale was graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy (B.S., 1966); Georgia Institute of Technology (M.S., 1969).

Mr. Hale is married and has three children. He resides with his family in Arlington, Va. He was born in Sherman, Tex., on August 8, 1944.

Nomination of John V. Byrne To Be Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

April 17, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate John V. Byrne to be Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce.

Dr. Byrne has held various positions with Oregon State University since 1960. He was an associate professor in 1960 - 65; professor and chairman, Department of Oceanography in 1968 - 72; dean, School of Oceanography in 1972 - 76; acting director, Marine Science Center in 1972 - 77; dean of research (acting) in 1976/77; dean of research in 1977-80; dean of graduate school (acting) in 1979 - 80; and vice president for research and graduate studies since 1980.

Dr. Byrne was program director for physical oceanography, National Science Foundation, in 1966 - 67. In 1966 - 68 he was a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey.

He has been a member of many scientific and professional societies including: American Society for Oceanography, Marine Technology Society, Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, and the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. He is the author of many articles and papers on geology and oceanography.

Dr. Byrne was graduated from Hamilton College (B.A., 1951), Columbia College (M.A., 1953), and the University of Southern California (Ph. D., 1957).

Dr. Byrne is married, has four children, and resides in Corvallis, Oreg. He was born in Hempstead, N.Y., on May 9, 1928.

Nomination of Juan A. del Real To Be General Counsel of the Department of Health and Human Services

April 17, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate Juan A. del Real to be General Counsel of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Since April 1980 Mr. Del Real has served as Assistant General Counsel, Health Care Financing and Human Development Services Divisions, Department of Health and Human Services. He was mainly responsible for providing legal services to the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) and the Office of the Secretary with respect to the Medicare and Medicaid programs. In 1968 - 80 he was a partner with the firm of Hill, Christopher and Phillips of Washington, D.C. Mr. del Real was special assistant to the president of Central Aguirre Sugar Co. of San Juan, P.R., in 1967 - 68. In 1966 - 67 he was assigned to the international financing department of Surrey, Karasik, Gould & Greene of Washington, D.C.

Mr. del Real attended Tulane University (1957 - 59); Havana University Law School (1959 - 60) and was graduated from St. Louis University Law School (J.D., 1966). He is a member of the American, District of Columbia, and Missouri Bar Associations.

Mr. del Real is married, has three children, and resides with his family in Potomac, Md. He was born in Cuba on November 4, 1939, and became a naturalized American citizen of the United States on January 5, 1967.

Nomination of Donald L. Dotson To Be an Assistant Secretary of Labor

April 17, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate Donald L. Dotson to be Assistant Secretary of Labor (Labor Management Relations).

Since 1976 Mr. Dotson has served as chief labor counsel to the Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corp. He was labor attorney, Western Electric Co., Inc., in 1975 - 76. In 1973 - 75 Mr. Dotson was labor counsel to the Westinghouse Electric Corp. and subsidiaries. He was an attorney to the National Labor Relations Board in 1968 - 73.

Mr. Dotson is a member of the Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and American Bar Associations. He served in the U.S. Navy in 1960 - 65 and was honorably discharged with the rank of lieutenant commander.

He was graduated from the University of North Carolina (B.A., 1960) and Wake Forest University (J.D., 1968).

Mr. Dotson resides in Pittsburgh, Pa., and was born in Rutherford County, N.C., on October 8, 1938.

Nomination of Robert Dean Nesen To Be United States Ambassador to Australia and Nauru

April 17, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate Robert Dean Nesen, of Thousand Oaks, Calif., to be Ambassador to Australia and to serve concurrently as Ambassador to the Republic of Nauru.

Mr. Nesen served in the United States Navy from 1942 to 1946 and was in the Naval Reserve from 1946 to 1966, lieutenant commander. In 1941 he was with Air-Research Corp. of Los Angeles, Calif. From 1946 to 1947, he was the owner-manager of Coast Aero Flying Service of Oxnard, Calif. Since 1948 he has been founder-chairman of the board, R. D. Nesen Oldsmobile-Cadillac, Inc., of Thousand Oaks, Calif. Also, since 1971 he has been founder-chairman of the board, Nesen Leasing Corp.

From 1972 to 1974, Mr. Nesen served as Assistant Secretary of the Navy in Washington, D.C. He was appointed by Governor Reagan to the California New Car Dealers Policy and Appeals Board (elected first president), California State Board of Education, and as chairman, then cochairman of the California delegation to the National Convention. He served as a member of the Executive Committee of the National Review Board, Department of State, from 1970 to 1973.

Mr. Nesen was born January 22, 1918, in St. Louis, Mich. He attended Tri-State Engineering College and graduated as an aeronautical engineer in 1941 from Curtis-Wright Technical School. He is married to the former Delta Hudson and has three children.

Appointment of Three Members of the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal

April 17, 1981

The President today appointed the following individuals to serve on the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal, pursuant to the Claims Settlement Agreement of January 19, 1981. The United States and Iran are each to appoint three arbitrators to the Claims Tribunal by April 19; those six arbitrators are to appoint three ``neutral'' arbitrators by May 19, 1981.

Malcolm R. Wilkey, appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 1970. He was general counsel, Kennecott Copper Corp. in 1967 - 70; Assistant Attorney General of the United States in 1958 - 61; and U.S. attorney, Southern District of Texas in 1954 - 58. He was graduated from Harvard (A.B., 1940; LL.B., 1948). Mr. Wilkey was born in Murfreesboro, Tenn., on December 6, 1918.

Richard M. Mosk, partner in the Los Angeles firm of Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp, specializing in litigation. He was special deputy Federal public defender, in 1975 - 76, handling Federal criminal cases. He is a member of the Los Angeles County Commission on Judicial Procedures and was a member of the staff of the President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy. He has been a member of the California Bar since 1964. Mr. Mosk is married and has two children. He was graduated from Stanford University (A.B.) and Harvard (J.D.). He is 41 years old and resides in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Howard M. Holtzmann, partner in the New York firm of Holtzmann, Wise & Shepard, specializing in arbitration and international private law. He was a member of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law since 1975; member of a study group on arbitration of the Secretary of State's Advisory Committee on Private International Law; past chairman of the board of the American Arbitration Association, and currently chairman of its international arbitration committee. Previously he served as director of the Syntex Corp., the Ogden Corp., and CF & I Steel Corp. Mr. Holtzmann was graduated from Yale University (A.B., 1942) and St. Bonaventure University (J.D., 1947). He is married and resides in New York City. He was born in New York on December 10, 1921.