Nominations, June 3, 1981

Nomination of Alton Gold Keel, Jr., To Be an Assistant Secretary of the Air Force

June 3, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate Alton Gold Keel, Jr., to be an Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Research, Development & Logistics).

From 1978 to the present, Dr. Keel was professional staff member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and is currently senior professional staff member of the committee. In 1977 Dr. Keel was selected as a Congressional Science Fellow by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He began serving in Senator Howard Cannon's (D - Nev.) office as a defense and technical adviser. From 1971 to 1977, he was with the Naval Surface Weapons Center, White Oak Laboratory, in Silver Spring, Md. In 1976 he became scientific staff assistant to the Associate Technical Director of the White Oak Laboratory.

Dr. Keel was a postdoctoral scholar (1971) at the University of California at Berkeley. In 1970 he received his Ph. D. in engineering physics from the University of Virginia. He received his bachelor of aerospace engineering in 1966 from the University of Virginia.

Dr. Keel was born September 8, 1943, in Newport News, Va. He is a resident of Washington, D.C.

Nomination of H. Monroe Browne To Be United States Ambassador to New Zealand and Western Samoa

June 3, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate H. Monroe Browne, of California, as Ambassador to New Zealand and to serve concurrently as Ambassador to Western Samoa. He would succeed Anne C. Martindell, who is resigning.

Mr. Browne was dean of boys, history teacher, and football coach at Delano High School from 1939 to 1942. He was a businessman in Bakersfield, Calif., as president and owner of McCoy Truck and Tire Co. (1945 - 60), of Browne Cattle Co., Inc. (1948 - 81), and of Hartman Concrete Materials Co. (1950 - 70). From 1951 to 1960, he was vice president and stockholder of Bakersfield Cattle Feeding Co. From 1975 to 1981, he was president and chief executive officer of the Institute for Contemporary Studies of San Francisco, Calif.

From 1972 to 1974, he served as a member of California's first appeals board of the California Occupational Safety and Health Administraton, appointed by Governor Reagan and confirmed by the California Senate. He also served as a member of the Reagan transition team and chairman of small business task force (October 1980-January 1981).

Mr. Browne graduated (A.B.) in 1938 from the University of California at Los Angeles and attended graduate studies in 1939 and at Berkeley from 1940 to 1941. He served in the United States Navy as lieutenant from 1943 to 1945.