Nominations, May 17, 1984

Nomination of Donald C. Latham To Be an Assistant Secretary of Defense

May 17, 1984

The President today announced his intention to nominate Donald C. Latham to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense (Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence). This is a new position.

Since 1981 Mr. Latham has been serving as Deputy Under Secretary of Defense. Previously, he was with the Riverside Research Institute in 1980 - 1981; division vice president, engineering, at RCA Corp., government systems division, in Moorestown, NJ (1978 - 1980); director of engineering at Martin Marietta Aerospace, Orlando division, in 1977 - 1978; Deputy Chief, Office of Microwave, Space, and Mobile Systems, Department of Defense, in 1974 - 1977; Chief, Engineering Staff, National Security Agency, European Headquarters, in 1971 - 1974; and at Martin Marietta Aerospace, Orlando division, in 1963 - 1971.

He graduated from The Citadel (B.S., 1955) and the University of Arizona (M.S., 1957; E.E., 1965). He is married, has two children, and resides in Alexandria, VA. He was born December 22, 1932, in Sayre, PA.

Nomination of Frank K. Richardson To Be Solicitor of the Department of the Interior

May 17, 1984

The President today announced his intention to nominate Frank K. Richardson to be Solicitor of the Department of the Interior. He would succeed William H. Coldiron.

Judge Richardson is presently serving on the faculty of Pepperdine Law School in Malibu, CA. Previously, he was on the California Supreme Court in 1974 - 1983; presiding justice of the Court of Appeals, 3d District, Sacramento, in 1971 - 1974; and on the National Institute of Justice Advisory Board in 1966 - 1969. He was in private law practice in Oroville, and then Sacramento in 1939 - 1971, and professor of law at McGeorge School of Law in 1946 - 1951.

He is a member of the California Bar Association and has served on several association committees. He is also president of the board of Methodist Hospital in Sacramento.

Judge Richardson graduated from Stanford University (B.A., 1935; LL.B., 1938). He is married, has four children, and resides in Sacramento, CA. He was born February 13, 1914, in St. Helena, CA.

Nomination of Robert Laxalt To Be a Member of the National Council on the Humanities

May 17, 1984

The President today announced his intention to nominate Robert Laxalt to be a member of the National Council on the Humanities, National Endowment for the Humanities, for a term expiring January 26, 1990. He would succeed Sister Joel Read.

Mr. Laxalt is an author. His works include ``Sweet Promised Land,'' ``A Man in the Wheatfield,'' and ``Nevada: A Bicentennial History.'' He is also the author of over 200 magazine articles, including a series for the National Geographic Society. He joined the University of Nevada system in 1954, serving first as director of news and publications and later as director of the University of Nevada Press, which he founded. He was also writer-in-residence for the University system. Upon his retirement in 1983, he was designated director emeritus of the University Press.

In 1978 he received the Decade Award by the Nevada State Council on the Arts and was cited by the Governor of Nevada for exemplary service to the State. He is a member of the Author's League of America and the Western Writers of America.

He attended Santa Clara University in California and later graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno. He is married, has three children, and resides in Reno, NV. He was born September 24, 1923, in Alturas, CA.