Nominations & Appointments, May 15, 1981

Nomination of James R. Richards To Be Inspector General of the Department of Energy

May 15, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate James R. Richards to be Inspector General of the Department of Energy.

Since 1980 Mr. Richards has served as general counsel and vice president of the National Legal Center for the Public Interest in Washington, D.C. In 1977 - 80 he was vice president and legal director of Capital Legal Foundation. Mr. Richards was Director of Office of Hearings and Appeals, Department of the Interior, in 1973 - 77, and in 1969 - 73 he was assistant U.S. attorney for Colorado. In 1963 - 65 Mr. Richards was legislative and executive assistant to Senator Peter H. Dominick (R - Colo.). Previously he was engaged in the private practice of law in Colorado for 3 years. He served 2 years as Colorado assistant attorney, acting as counsel to the State Highway and Patrol Departments, and was active politically as a member of the State Republican Central Committee.

Mr. Richards is a member of the District of Columbia, Colorado, and American Bar Associations. He was graduated from Western State College, Gunnison, Colo. (B.A., 1955) and the University of Colorado School of Law (LL.B., 1960).

Mr. Richards resides in Arlington, Va. He was born on November 21, 1933, in Kinder Post, Mo.

Nomination of Peter J. Wallison To Be General Counsel for the Department of the Treasury

May 15, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate Peter J. Wallison to be General Counsel for Department of the Treasury.

Since 1977 Mr. Wallison has been a partner with the firm of Rogers & Wells of New York City, specializing in general corporate, securities, and financial law. In 1974 - 77 he was Counsel to the Vice President of the United States. He was Counsel to the Commission on Critical Choices for Americans in 1973 - 74, and was special assistant to Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller in 1972 - 73. Mr. Wallison was a Senior Staff Associate, President's Advisory Council on Executive Organization, in 1969 - 70.

Mr. Wallison is a member of the New York, District of Columbia, and American Bar Associations. He was graduated from Harvard College (B.A., 1963) and Harvard Law School (LL.B., 1966).

Mr. Wallison is married, has three children, and resides in Scarsdale, N.Y. He was born on June 6, 1941, in New York, N.Y.

Nomination of Vinton DeVane Lide To Be Inspector General of the Environmental Protection Agency

May 15, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate Vinton DeVane Lide to be Inspector General, Environmental Protection Agency.

Since 1979 Mr. Lide has been general counsel, South Carolina Department of Social Services. In 1979 he was assistant attorney general, State of South Carolina, in charge of the establishment of the White Collar Crime Unit. Mr. Lide was executive assistant to the Governor, James B. Edwards, in 1978 - 79, with responsibility for the Governor's manpower division. In 1965 - 78 he was managing partner with the firm of Shand, Lide & Stanton in Hartsville, S.C. He was previously an associate and later partner with that firm in 1962 - 65.

Mr. Lide is a member of the South Carolina, Virginia, and American Bar Associations. He was graduated from Davidson College, Davidson, N.C. (B.S., 1959) and the University of Virginia School of Law (J.D., 1962).

Mr. Lide is married, has two children, and resides in Lexington, S.C. He was born on May 4, 1937, in Greenville, S.C.

Nomination of Alfred E. Eckes, Jr., To Be a Member of the United States International Trade Commission

May 15, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate Alfred E. Eckes, Jr., to be a member of the United States International Trade Commission for the remainder of the term expiring June 16, 1981, and for a term expiring June 16, 1990.

Since 1979 Dr. Eckes has been executive director, House Republican Conference Committee. In 1977 - 79 he was editorial page editor of the Columbus Dispatch, Columbus, Ohio. Previously Dr. Eckes was associate professor, history department, Ohio State University in 1969 - 78.

Dr. Eckes was graduated from Washington and Lee University (B.A., 1964); Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University (M.A., 1966); University of Texas at Austin (Ph. D., 1969). He is the author of several articles and three books.

Dr. Eckes resides in Alexandria, Va. He was born on July 11, 1942, in North Conway, N.H.

Nomination of Eugene J. Frank To Be a Member of the United States International Trade Commission

May 15, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate Eugene J. Frank to be a member of the United States International Trade Commission for the remainder of the term expiring December 16, 1982.

Mr. Frank's 30-year business career has been spent as an investment banker, economist, and financial consultant. As an investment banker he primarily served as a general partner of Singer Deane & Scribner and its director of research (now Butcher Singer), also vice president of Shearson Hayden Stone for research and investment banking, and president of E. J. Frank Associates. He is currently a consultant and vice president with M. Waddell and Towne, Inc., Pittsburgh, Pa.

Through the years Mr. Frank has undertaken a wide variety of financial and economic studies for numerous companies and financial institutions. He has published articles and papers on economic and financial subjects.

Mr. Frank was graduated from Western Maryland College (B.A., 1950) and the University of Pittsburgh (M.A., 1956). He is married, has four children, and resides in Pittsburgh, Pa. He was born on October 13, 1927, in Wanamie, Pa.

Nomination of James F. McAvoy To Be a Member of the Council on Environmental Quality

May 15, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate James F. McAvoy to be a member of the Council on Environmental Quality.

Since 1979 Mr. McAvoy has been director of the Department of Environmental Protection, State of Ohio. In 1977 - 79 he was assistant director, Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, and in 1975 - 77 served as deputy director. Mr. McAvoy was nuclear construction manager, Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., Newport News, Va., in 1962 - 64.

Mr. McAvoy has served on many committees in Ohio including, chairman, Governor's Task Force on Nuclear Plant Safety; chairman, Governor's Hazardous Waste Siting Board; chairman, Vehicle Emissions Inspection and Maintenance Safety Board; member, Ohio Water Development Authority; and member, Ohio Air Quality Development Authority.

Mr. McAvoy was graduated from the Maine Maritime Academy, Castine, Maine, (B.S.); Certificate in Advanced Administrative Management, University of Virginia Graduate School of Business; Certificate in Executive Development, Harvard Graduate Business School; Certificate in Nuclear Engineering/Reactor Theory, Carnegie Technical Extension Program.

Mr. McAvoy is married, has four children, and resides in Columbus, Ohio. He was born on November 24, 1931, in Elizabeth, N.J.

Nomination of W. Ernst Minor To Be a Member of the Council on Environmental Quality

May 15, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate W. Ernst Minor to be a member of the Council on Environmental Quality.

In 1972 - 80 Mr. Minor was director of public affairs at the Environmental Research Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1980 he resigned his position to work for the Reagan-Bush Committee as director of family scheduling. Following the election, Mr. Minor served as a member of the Environmental Protection Agency transition team. Since January 20, he has been the Executive Assistant to the EPA Acting Administrator.

Prior to his government service, Mr. Minor managed a Cincinnati printing concern for 6 years and a broadcasting company owning radio stations in Ohio and California for 4 years. Mr. Minor served on the board of directors of America's first public broadcasting station, WCET - TV Cincinnati.

Mr. Minor was graduated from Brown University (1955), Providence, R.I. He served in the U.S. Navy in 1955 - 57. He is married, has three children, and resides in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was born in Cincinnati on April 25, 1931.

Appointment of the Membership and Principal Officials of the President's Commisssion on White House Fellowships

May 15, 1981

The President today announced the appointment of the new members of the President's Commission on White House Fellowships. The Commission is bipartisan. Its purpose is to recommend to the President the White House fellows who serve for a 1-year period on the White House staff, in the Executive Office of the President, Office of the Vice President, or the offices of members of the Cabinet.

The new Chairman of the Commission is Vice Adm. James B. Stockdale (USN - Ret.). A native of Abington, Ill., Admiral Stockdale completed a distinguished Naval career in 1979. He is the recipient of more than 25 combat decorations, including the Congressional Medal of Honor, which was awarded to him for valor during the 8 years he spent as the senior American Naval prisoner of war in North Vietnam. Admiral Stockdale served as President of the Naval War College from 1977 to 1979 and as the president of the Citadel from 1979 to 1980. He is the recipient of seven honorary degrees and is currently a senior research fellow at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University.

The other members of the Commission are:

Dennis L. Bark, deputy director and senior fellow, the Hoover Institution, Stanford, Calif.

Dr. James E. Bostic, Jr., corporate executive, Riegel Textile Corp., Greenville, S.C.

Bruce L. Bower, attorney at law, Winston & Strawn, Chicago, Ill.

Marva Nettles Collins, founder and teacher, Westside Preparatory, Chicago, Ill.

Midge Decter, executive director, Committee for the Free World, New York, N.Y.

Ada E. Deer, legislative liaison, Native Americans Study Commission, Washington, D.C.

Donald J. Devine, Director, Office of Personnel Management, Washington, D.C.

Edwin J. Fuelner, president, Heritage Foundation, Washington, D.C.

Lt. Gen. Andrew Jackson Goodpaster, Superintendent, U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.

Edith Green, retired Congresswoman, Wilsonville, Oreg.

Michel T. Halbouty, independent oil producer, Houston, Tex.

Bruce H. Hasenkamp, director of government and industrial relations, The Shaklee Corp., San Francisco, Calif.

Susan C. Herter, founder and former president of Volunteer Opportunities Inc., New York, Santa Fe, N. Mex.

Richard Hinojosa, attorney at law, Evers & Toothaker, McAllen, Tex.

Francis S. M. Hodsoll, Deputy Assistant to the President, Washington, D.C.

Author E. Hughes, president, University of San Diego, San Diego, Calif.

Nancy Landon Kassebaum, United States Senator, Washington, D.C.

Irving Kristol, coeditor, The Public Interest, New York, N.Y.

Sammy Lee, medical doctor and former Olympic diver, Santa Ana, Calif.

James T. Lynn, attorney at law, Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue, Washington, D.C., and former Director of the Office of Management and Budget

Dana G. Mead, vice president for human resources, International Paper Co., New York, N.Y.

Rita Moreno, actress, Pacific Palisades, Calif.

Martha Peterson, president, Beloit College, Beloit, Wis.

Nancy Clark Reynolds, vice president, Bendix Corp., Washington, D.C.

Jean Smith (Mrs. William French), officer and member of numerous volunteer organizations, San Marino, Calif.

Robert S. Strauss, attorney at law, Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Field, Washington, D.C., and Dallas, Tex., and former chairman of the Democratic National Committee

Deanell Reece Tacha, associate vice chancellor, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kans.

Shannon J. Wall, president, National Maritime Union, New York, N.Y.

Margaret Bush Wilson, attorney at law, Wilson, Smith & McCullin, St. Louis, Mo., and former chairman of the board of NAACP National Housing Corp.

In addition, James C. Roberts, 34, of Great Falls, Va., was named Director of the Commission. Roberts previously was president of James C. Roberts and Associates, a Washington-based public relations firm.

Named Deputy Director of the Commission was Lt. Comdr. Marsha A. Johnson-Evans, 33, of Springfield, Ill. Lieutenant Commander Johnson-Evans is a former White House fellow and is on detail from the Navy.

Nomination of Nunzio J. Palladino To Be a Member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and Designation as Chairman

May 15, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate Nunzio J. Palladino to be a member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Upon confirmation the President intends to designate Dr. Palladino Chairman.

Dr. Palladino is dean of the College of Engineering and professor of nuclear engineering at the Pennsylvania State University. He worked for the Westinghouse Electric Corp. for 20 years before going to Penn State, including 4 years on loan to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Argonne National Laboratory. In 1950 - 59 while working at Westinghouse, Dr. Palladino was in charge of reactor core design for the submarine prototype reactor, Mark I; for the Nautilus reactor; and for the Shippingport Atomic Power Station. In 1958 he was awarded the Westinghouse Order of Merit for technical direction of reactor designs of the Nautilus and Shippingport powerplants; in 1956 he received the Prime Movers Award of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers for his work on the Shippingport plant.

Dr. Palladino served as the first head of the Department of Nuclear Engineering at the Pennsylvania State Unversity in 1959 - 66, when he was appointed dean of the College of Engineering. As head of the Nuclear Engineering Department, he was responsible for development and implementation of course work and graduate programs and research in nuclear engineering.

Dr. Palladino has served on many committees, including the Governor's Energy Council and the Governor's Science Advisory Committee, for which he chaired the Energy Management Subcommittee; member and chairman of both the Pennsylvania Advisory Committee on Atomic Energy Development and Radiation Control and the U.S. Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards, which reviews all nuclear plants proposed for construction and operation in the United States. More recently, he has been a member of the Governor's Commission on Three Mile Island, and participated on a Nuclear Regulatory Commission special task force to evaluate the cleanup activities at Three Mile Island, which culminated in the preparation of a report submitted to the NRC Commissioners.

Dr. Palladino is a native of Allentown, Pa., and received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering from Lehigh University in 1938 and 1939. In addition, he did graduate work in nuclear engineering at the University of Tennessee and in business and management at the University of Pittsburgh. Lehigh University awarded him the honorary degree of doctor of engineering in 1964. He is married, has three daughters, and resides in State College, Pa. He was born on November 10, 1916.

Nomination of Kenneth W. Gideon To Be an Assistant General Counsel of the Department of the Treasury

May 15, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate Kenneth W. Gideon to be an Assistant General Counsel in the Department of the Treasury (Chief Counsel for the Internal Revenue Service).

Mr. Gideon has been associated with the firm of Fulbright & Jaworski, Houston, Tex., since 1971. He became a partner of the firm in 1978. Mr. Gideon has been active in the areas of Federal and State taxation since 1971, including substantial tax litigation and controversy work. In 1979 - 81 he was chairman, committee on court procedure, American Bar Association taxation section. Since 1979 he has been chairman, committee on administrative practice, and liaison with the comptroller of public accounts, taxation section, State Bar of Texas. In 1980 Mr. Gideon was chairman, subcommittee on capital and financial structure, legal, tax and accounting committee, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives.

Mr. Gideon is a member of the Texas and American Bar Associations. He was graduated from Harvard University (B.A., 1968) and Yale Law School (J.D., 1971).

Mr. Gideon is married, has three children, and resides in Houston, Tex. He was born on July 25, 1946, in Lubbock, Tex.