Nominations & Appointments, January 12, 1983

Nomination of Margaret M. Heckler To Be Secretary of Health and Human Services

January 12, 1983

The President today announced his intention to nominate Margaret M. Heckler to be Secretary of Health and Human Services. She would succeed Richard S. Schweiker.

She served as a Member of Congress representing Massachusetts' 10th Congressional District from 1966 until 1982, when she was the ranking woman Member in the Congress and the 24th ranking Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. She was the ranking Republican member of the Joint Economic Committee, the Science and Technology Committee, and the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs. She served on the Committees on Banking and Currency, Agriculture, and Government Operations, and was founder and steering committee member of the Textile Caucus and the Travel and Tourism Caucus. She founded the Congresswoman's Caucus and served as cochair.

She graduated from Albertus Magnus College, Connecticut, and Boston College (LL.B., 1956). She holds honorary degrees from Boston College, Regis College, Stonehill College, Emmanuel College, St. Bonaventure College, and the New England College of Law.

She is married, has three children, and resides in Wellesley, Mass. She was born June 21, 1931, in Flushing, N.Y.

Nomination of John A. Svahn To Be Under Secretary of Health and Human Services

January 12, 1983

The President today announced his intention to nominate John A. Svahn to be Under Secretary of Health and Human Services. He would succeed David B. Swoap, who has resigned.

Since May 6, 1981, Mr. Svahn has been serving as Commissioner of Social Security. From 1979 to 1981, he was a private consultant specializing in public policy management problems.

Mr. Svahn was manager of government services for Deloitte Haskins & Sells from 1976 to 1979, serving as a specialist in investigating Medicaid, welfare, and social services programs. In 1975 and 1976 he served as Administrator of the U.S. Social and Rehabilitation Service. In 1975 he directed the U.S. Office of Child Support Enforcement. Mr. Svahn has also served as Deputy Administrator, U.S. Social and Rehabilitation Service; Commissioner, Assistance Payments Administration; Acting Commissioner, Community Services Administration; and chief deputy director and director of the California Department of Social Welfare.

Mr. Svahn received a B.A. degree in political science from the University of Washington in 1966. He is married, has two children, and resides in Severna Park, Md. Mr. Svahn was born in New London, Conn., on May 13, 1943.

Appointment of Roswell K. Boutwell as a Member of the National Cancer Advisory Board

January 12, 1983

The President today announced his intention to appoint Roswell K. Boutwell to be a member of the National Cancer Advisory Board for the remainder of the term expiring March 9, 1984. He will succeed Gerald Wogan.

Mr. Boutwell is currently a professor of oncology for the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research at the University of Wisconsin. He has been with the University of Wisconsin since 1945. He served on the board of directors of the American Association for Cancer Research in 1979 - 1982, and was the Clowes Award Lecturer for the association in 1979. He was associate editor of Cancer Research in 1973 - 1980.

He graduated from Beloit College (B.S., 1939) and the University of Wisconsin (M.S., 1941; Ph. D., 1944). He is married, has three children, and resides in Mazomanie, Wis. He was born November 24, 1917, in Madison, Wis.

Nomination of Diana Powers Evans To Be a Member of the National Advisory Council on Women's Educational Programs

January 12, 1983

The President today announced his intention to nominate Diana Powers Evans to be a member of the National Advisory Council on Women's Educational Programs for a term expiring May 8, 1984. She would succeed Ellen Sherry Hoffman.

She is active in political and civic affairs on local, State, and national levels. She was a candidate for Oregon State representative, district 31, in 1982. She was a member of the State executive committee for the Oregon Republican Party in 1976 - 1980.

Mrs. Evans graduated from Stanford University (B.A., 1949). She is married, has three children, and resides in Salem, Oreg. She was born February 28, 1928.

Nomination of Kenneth L. Adelman To Be Director of the United States Arms Control and Disarmament Agency

January 12, 1983

The President today announced his intention to nominate Kenneth L. Adelman to be Director of the United States Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. He would succeed Eugene V. Rostow.

Since August 1981 Dr. Adelman has served as Deputy Representative of the United States to the United Nations. He was Legislative Presidential Delegate to the Second United Nations Special Session on Disarmament (June 1982); Head of the Delegation for the United Nation's First Committee, which deals with political and security affairs, including arms control, for the 36th and 37th sessions of the General Assembly. He has also served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Committee on the Present Danger.

Dr. Adelman was legislative officer at the Department of Commerce in 1968 - 1970. From 1970 - 1972, he was with the Office of Economic Opportunity as Special Assistant to the Director of VISTA and also to the Director of Congressional Relations. He was congressional liaison officer at the Agency for International Development in 1975 - 1976, and in 1976 - 1977 he was Assistant to the Secretary of Defense.

Dr. Adelman was researching for his dissertation at Georgetown University and at Kinshasa, Zaire, in 1972 - 1975. He was also senior political scientist at the Strategic Studies Center of SRI International in Arlington, Va.

He has written widely on security affairs in publications such as Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Washington Quarterly, Wall Street Journal, and the New Republic. He graduated from Grinnell College, Iowa (B.A., 1968), and Georgetown University (M.A., 1969; Ph. D., 1975). Dr. Adelman is married, has two children, and resides in Arlington, Va. He was born June 9, 1946, in Chicago, Ill.

Nomination of David F. Emery To Be Deputy Director of the United States Arms Control and Disarmament Agency

January 12, 1983

The President today announced his intention to nominate David F. Emery to be Deputy Director of the United States Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. He would succeed Spurgeon M. Keeny, Jr.

Mr. Emery served in the United States House of Representatives in 1974 - 1982, representing the First Congressional District in Maine. He served as a member of the House Armed Services Committee and the Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee. He was also a member of the Republican Policy Committee's Task Force on Foreign Policy. In January 1981 Mr. Emery was appointed to serve as the chief deputy Republican whip for the 97th Congress.

Previously he was elected from the city of Rockland to the Maine House of Representatives and subsequently served in both the 105th and 106th Legislatures (1970 - 1974).

Mr. Emery graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Mass. (B.S., 1970). He is married and resides in Rockland, Maine. He was born September 1, 1948, in Rockland.

Appointment of Morton I. Abramowitz as United States Representative to the Mutual and Balanced Force Reductions Negotiations

January 12, 1983

The President today announced his intention to appoint Morton I. Abramowitz to be Representative of the United States of America for Mutual and Balanced Force Reductions Negotiations and to nominate Mr. Abramowitz for the rank of Ambassador. He would succeed Richard F. Staar.

Mr. Abramowitz joined the Foreign Service in 1960 as an economic officer specializing in Chinese affairs. During his 20-year career in the Foreign Service he has progressed to the rank of Career Minister.

Mr. Abramowitz was Ambassador to Thailand in 1978 - 1981. He was Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Affairs, on detail from the Foreign Service, in 1974 - 1978; political adviser to CINC - PAC in 1973 - 1974; foreign affairs analyst at the State Department in 1971 - 1973; special assistant in the office of the Deputy Secretary of State in 1969 - 1971; international economist at the State Department in 1966 - 1968; political officer in Hong Kong in 1963 - 1966; and consular-economic officer in Taipei in 1960 - 1962. He served with the International Cooperation Administration in 1958 - 1960.

He graduated from Stanford University (B.A., 1953) and Harvard University (M.A., 1955). He served in the U.S. Army in 1957. He was born January 20, 1933, in Lakewood, N.J.