Nominations, July 28, 1981

Nomination of Jack F. Matlock To Be United States Ambassador to Czechoslovakia

July 28, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate Jack F. Matlock, of Florida, to be Ambassador to the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic, vice Francis J. Meehan.

In 1953 - 56 Mr. Matlock was an instructor in Russian language and literature at Dartmouth College. He entered the Foreign Service in 1956 and was intelligence research analyst in the Department. He was consular officer in Vienna (1958 - 60), attended Russian language and area training in Oberammergau (1960 - 61), political officer in Moscow (1961 - 63), in Accra (1963 - 67), principal officer in Zanzibar (1967 - 69), and Deputy Chief of Mission in Dar es Salaam (1969 - 70). In 1970 - 71 he attended the Executive Seminar in National and International Affairs at the Foreign Service Institute. In the Department he was country director for Soviet affairs (1973 - 74). He was Deputy Chief of Mission, Minister-Counselor, in Moscow, in 1974 - 78. He was diplomat in residence at Vanderbilt University in 1978 - 79. In 1979 - 80 he was Deputy Director of the Foreign Service Institute, Department of State. Since 1980 he has been Deputy Chief of Mission and Charge d'Affaires, Moscow.

He graduated from Duke University (A.B.) and Columbia University (M.A.). His languages are Czech, French, German, Russian, and Swahili. Mr. Matlock is married, has five children, and resides in Coconut Creek, Fla. He was born October 1, 1929, in Greenbsoro, N.C.

Nomination of Robert P. Paganelli To Be United States Ambassador to Syria

July 28, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate Robert P. Paganelli, of New York, to be Ambassador to the Syrian Arab Republic, vice Talcott W. Seelye.

Mr. Paganelli entered the Foreign Service in 1958 as intelligence research specialist in the Department. He attended Arabic language training in the Department and in Beirut in 1959 - 61. He was Foreign Service officer-general in Basra (1961 - 62) and in Baghdad (1962 - 63). He was economic officer in Beirut (1963 - 65), political officer in Damascus (1965 - 67) and in Amman (1967 - 68). In 1968 - 71 he was in the Department as desk officer for Jordan, then personnel officer. He was political officer in Rome in 1971 - 74 and Ambassador to the State of Qatar in 1974 - 77. He attended the Executive Seminar in National and International Affairs at the Foreign Service Institute in 1977 - 78 and was Director of the Office of Western European Affairs in 1978 - 79. Since 1979 he has been Deputy Chief of Mission in Rome.

Mr. Paganelli graduated from Hamilton College (B.A.). He served in the United States Air Force in 1951 - 54. He is married, has two children, and resides in Albion, N.Y. He was born November 3, 1931, in New York, N.Y.

Nomination of Richard Murphy To Be United States Ambassador to Saudi Arabia

July 28, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate Richard Murphy to be Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, vice Robert Neumann who has resigned.

Mr. Murphy, a career Foreign Service officer, is currently concluding his assignment as Ambassador to the Philippines. He has had extensive experience in the Middle East, previously serving as Ambassador to Syria. Mr. Murphy also served as Ambassador to Mauritania in 1971 - 73. His other assignments include Aleppo, Jidda (political officer), and Amman.

Mr. Murphy graduated from Harvard (1951) and Cambridge University (1953). He is married to the former Anne Cook.