Nominations & Appointments, April 22, 1983

Nomination of Myles Robert Rene Frechette To Be United States Ambassador to Cameroon

April 22, 1983

The President today announced his intention to nominate Myles Robert Rene Frechette, of Washington, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Counselor, to be Ambassador to the United Republic of Cameroon. He would succeed Hume A. Horan, who is being appointed to another position.

Mr. Frechette was employed in Seattle, Wash., as merchandising trainee, J. C. Penney Co. (1958 - 1959), and as procedures analyst, the Boeing Co. (1960 - 1962). In 1963 he entered the Foreign Service as international relations officer in the Office of Coordinator of Cuban Affairs in the Department. He was consular officer in San Pedro Sula (1965 - 1967) and political and economic officer in Fort Lamy (1968 - 1969). He attended Latin American studies at the University of California at Los Angeles (1970 - 1971). He was the Peru desk officer (1971 - 1974); Chief of the Political Section in Rio de Janeiro (1974 - 1976); and Counselor for Political Affairs in Caracas (1976 - 1979). In the Department he was Director of Cuban Affairs (1979 - 1982) and since 1982 has been special projects officer in the Bureau of Inter-American Affairs.

Mr. Frechette graduated from the University of British Columbia (Canada) (B.A., 1958) and from the University of California at Los Angeles (M.A., 1972). His foreign languages are Spanish, French, and Portuguese. He was born April 25, 1936, in Santiago, Chile.

Nomination of Francis Stephen Ruddy To Be a Member of the Board of Directors of the African Development Foundation

April 22, 1983

The President today announced his intention to nominate Francis Stephen Ruddy, an Assistant Administrator of the Agency for International Development (African Affairs), to be a member of the Board of Directors of the African Development Foundation for a term of 2 years. This is a new position.

Mr. Ruddy was counsel for the Exxon Corp. in Houston, Tex., in 1978 - 1981. He had been associated with Exxon since 1974. Previously he was Deputy General Counsel and Congressional Liaison, United States Information Agency in 1973 - 1974; senior attorney with the Office of Telecommunications Policy, Executive Office of the President, in 1972 - 1973; and Assistant General Counsel at USIA in 1969 - 1972.

He graduated from Holy Cross College (A.B., 1959), Loyola University (LL.B., 1965), New York University (LL.M., 1967), and Cambridge University (Ph. D., 1969). He is married, has three children, and resides in Chevy Chase, Md. He was born September 15, 1937.

Appointment of Lauro J. Neri as a Member of the National Armed Forces Museum Advisory Board

April 22, 1983

The President today announced his intention to appoint Lauro J. Neri to be a member of the National Armed Forces Museum Advisory Board of the Smithsonian Institution for a term expiring April 9, 1986. He will succeed Fred L. Dixon.

Mr. Neri currently serves as west coast representative for Regensteiner Printing Corp. Mr. Neri founded Medallion Printers and Lithographers in 1960. He was president and chairman of the board in 1961 - 1972. He served as general manager of Medallion Graphics, Inc., in 1972 - 1980.

Mr. Neri graduated from the Air Force Officer Candidate School in Miami Beach, Fla. (1943), and the Air Command and Staff School in Montgomery, Ala. (1951). He served 4 years in the United States Army Air Force. He is married, has five children, and resides in West Covina, Calif. He was born October 15, 1922, in Los Angeles.