Nominations, September 28, 1981

Nomination of Howard Kent Walker To Be United States Ambassador to Togo

September 28, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate Howard Kent Walker, of New Jersey, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Togo. He would succeed Marilyn Priscilla Johnson.

Mr. Walker was a teaching assistant at Boston University in 1960 - 62 and assistant professor at George Washington University in 1966 - 68. He served in the United States Air Force as first lieutenant in 1962 - 65. In the Department of State he was research analyst (1965 - 68) and international relations officer of the Office of Inter-African Affairs and principal officer in Kaduna in 1971 - 73. In 1973 - 75 he was in the Department as international relations officer of the Office of West African Affairs. He was counselor for political affairs in Amman (1975 - 77), Deputy Chief of Mission in Dar es Salaam (1977 - 79), and since 1979, Deputy Chief of Mission in Pretoria.

Mr. Walker graduated from the University of Michigan (A.B., 1957; M.A., 1958) and Boston University (Ph. D., 1968). He is married, has two children, and resides in Atlantic City, N.J. He was born December 3, 1935, in Newport News, Va.

Nomination of Alan M. Hardy To Be United States Ambassador to Equatorial Guinea

September 28, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate Alan M. Hardy, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Equatorial Guinea. He would succeed Hume A. Horan.

Mr. Hardy entered the Foreign Service in 1956 as intelligence research specialist in the Department of State. He served in the United States Army in 1957 - 59. He was consular officer in Toronto (1959 - 61), administrative officer in Tananarive (1961 - 63), consular officer and economic officer in Milan (1963 - 65), and economic officer in Mogadishu (1965 - 67). In 1967 - 68 he was country officer for Nigeria in the Department. He attended African area studies at the University of California at Los Angeles in 1968 - 69. In the Department he was foreign affairs political analyst (1969 - 71) and country officer for Kenya and Tanzania (1971 - 73). From 1973 to 1975, he was political officer in Dakar. He attended Hungarian language training at the Foreign Service Institute in 1975 - 76. He was political officer in Budapest in 1976 - 78. In the Department he was personnel officer in 1978 - 79, and since 1979, he has been country officer for Mozambique and Namibia.

Mr. Hardy graduated from the University of Cincinnati (B.A., 1959) and the University of California at Los Angeles (M.A., 1969). He is married, has six children, and resides in Arlington, Va. He was born May 26, 1934, in Orange, N.J.

Nomination of Norman Braman To Be Commissioner of Immigration and Naturalization

September 28, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate Norman Braman to be Commissioner of Immigration and Naturalization, Department of Justice. He would succeed Leonel J. Castillo.

Since 1972 Mr. Braman has served as president of several automobile dealerships in Tampa and Miami, Fla. Previously, in 1964, Mr. Braman organized Philadelphia Pharmaceuticals and Cosmetics, a manufacturer of pharmaceuticals, and was president and chief executive officer. In 1959 he founded a chain of self-service department stores named Keystone Stores, Inc., in Philadelphia, Pa.

Mr. Braman has been very active in community affairs, including serving on the board of directors of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, vice president of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, and founder of the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee of the University of Miami. He graduated from Temple University (B.S., 1955).

Mr. Braman is married, has two children, and resides in Miami Beach, Fla. He was born August 23, 1932, in West Chester, Pa.

Note: Mr. Braman's nomination, which was sent to the Senate on September 29, was withdrawn by the President on November 18.