Nominations, July 26, 1983

Nomination of Frederick M. Bernthal To Be a Member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission

July 26, 1983

The President today announced his intention to nominate Frederick M. Bernthal to be a member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for a term of 5 years expiring June 30, 1988. He would succeed John Francis Ahearne.

Since 1978 Mr. Bernthal has been serving on the staff of Senator Howard Baker as legislative assistant (1978 - 1979) and then as chief legislative assistant (1980 - present). Previously he was associate professor of chemistry and physics (1975 - 1977) and assistant professor (1970 - 1975) at Michigan State University; visiting scientist, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, in 1976 - 1977; and staff postdoctoral scientist at Yale University in 1969 - 1970.

Mr. Bernthal is a member of the American Physical Society and the American Chemical Society. He is the author of more than 40 scientific publications in professional scientific journals including Physical Review, Physical Review Letters, and Nuclear Physics.

He graduated from Valparaiso (Indiana) University (B.S., 1964) and the University of California at Berkeley (Ph. D., 1969). He resides in Washington, D.C., and was born January 10, 1943.

Nomination of W. Tapley Bennett, Jr., To Be an Assistant Secretary of State

July 26, 1983

The President today announced his intention to nominate W. Tapley Bennett, Jr., to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs). He will succeed Powell Allen Moore.

Since 1977 Mr. Bennett has been serving as the United States Permanent Representative on the Council of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization with the rank of Ambassador. From 1973 to 1977, he was Deputy Representative to the United Nations with the rank of Ambassador. Previously, from 1971 to 1973, he served as Deputy Representative of the United States in the Security Council of the United Nations with the rank of Ambassador.

Prior to his entry into the Foreign Service in 1941, Mr. Bennett was an instructor at the University of Georgia and a trainee at the National Institute of Public Affairs in Washington. He served in the Department of Latin American Affairs, becoming officer in charge of Central America and Panama Affairs in 1950. He became Deputy Director of the Office of South American Affairs in 1951. In 1954 Mr. Bennett attended the National War College.

He served as foreign affairs officer in the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary in 1955 and as Special Assistant to the Deputy Under Secretary in 1956. He was assigned to Vienna as a political counselor in 1957 and to Athens as counselor of the Embassy in 1961.

Mr. Bennett served as Ambassador to the Dominican Republic from 1964 to 1966 and as Ambassador to Portugal from 1966 to 1969. From 1969 to 1971, he was a faculty adviser at Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base.

He was born April 1, 1917, in Griffin, Ga. He received an A.B. degree from the University of Georgia in 1937 and an LL.B. from George Washington University in 1948. He took graduate studies at the University of Freiburg, Germany, in 1937 and 1938.

Mr. Bennett speaks German, Spanish, and French. He served in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1946.