Accordance of the Personal Rank of Ambassador to Robert J. Morris While Serving as Deputy Coordinator for the East-West Program

May 26, 1983

The President today accorded the personal rank of Ambassador to Robert J. Morris, of Iowa, in his capacity as Deputy Coordinator for the East-West Program. He is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor.

Mr. Morris served in the United States Navy in 1956 - 1959 as a lieutenant. In 1960 he entered the Foreign Service as international economist in the Department. In 1962 - 1964 he was economic officer at USEC Brussels and an international economist in the Department in 1964 - 1966. In 1966 - 1967 he was an Atlantic affairs trainee at Johns Hopkins University. He was economic and commercial officer in Paris in 1967 - 1971. He was on detail to the White House on the Council on International Economic Policy (1971 - 1974) and was Special Assistant in the Office of Under Secretary of State for Economic Affairs (1974 - 1975). He was Deputy Chief of Mission at USEC Brussels (1975 - 1978) and minister-counselor and economic and commercial officer in London (1978 - 1982). In the Department he was Senior Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs in 1982 - 1983, and since 1983 he has been Deputy Coordinator for the East-West Program.

Mr. Morris graduated from Holy Cross College (B.A., 1956) and Yale University (M.A., 1961). His foreign language is French. He was born September 14, 1933, in Des Moines, Iowa.