Nominations & Appointments, August 21, 1984

Nomination of William L. Eagleton, Jr., To Be United States Ambassador to Syria

August 21, 1984

The President today announced his intention to nominate William L. Eagleton, Jr., of Washington, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, as Ambassador to the Syrian Arab Republic. He would succeed Robert P. Paganelli.

Mr. Eagleton served in the United States Navy from 1944 to 1946. In 1949 he entered the Foreign Service as political officer in Madrid and was political officer in Damascus from 1951 to 1953. From 1953 to 1954, he attended language and area studies in Beirut. In the Department, he was country officer for Syria and Lebanon from 1955 to 1959. He was consul in Tabriz, Iran (1959 to 1961), and attended language and area studies in Tangier (1962). He was Charge d'Affaires in Nouakchott (1962 - 1964) and political officer in London (1964 - 1966). From 1966 to 1967, he was a Woodrow Wilson fellow at Princeton University and chief of the United States Interests Section in Algiers from 1967 to 1974. From 1974 to 1976, he was Director of the Office for Southern Europe in the Department, and diplomat in residence at Colorado State University from 1976 to 1977. He attended language and area studies in Tunis from 1977 to 1978 and was Charge d'Affaires in Tripoli from 1978 to 1980. Since 1980 he has been chief of the United States Interests Section in Baghdad, Iraq.

Mr. Eagleton graduated from Yale University (B.A., 1948). His foreign languages are French, Spanish, and Arabic. He was born August 17, 1926, in Peoria, IL.

Nomination of Nam Pyo Suh To Be an Assistant Director of the National Science Foundation

August 21, 1984

The President today announced his intention to nominate Nam Pyo Suh to be an Assistant Director of the National Science Foundation (Engineering). He would succeed Francis S. Johnson.

Mr. Suh is currently professor of mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also director of the Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity at MIT and has been director of the MIT-Industry Polymer Processing Program since its founding in 1973. Mr. Suh is serving as director of Surtech Corporation of New Hampshire, director of Intelitec Corp., and chairman of the board of Axiomatics Corp. and Mixalloy Corp. Previously he was associate professor of mechanical engineering at MIT (1970 - 1975).

Mr. Suh graduated from MIT (S.B., 1959; S.M., 1961) and Carnegie-Mellon University (Ph.D., 1964). He is married, has four children, and resides in Sudbury, MA. He was born April 22, 1936, in Korea, immigrated to the United States in 1954, and became a U.S. citizen on May 1, 1963.

Appointment of Caroline Leonetti Ahmanson as a Member of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities

August 21, 1984

The President today announcd his intention to appoint Caroline Leonetti Ahmanson to be a member of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. This is a new position.

Mrs. Ahmanson has been involved in business, cultural, civic, national, and world affairs and has traveled worldwide to encourage cultural exchanges and for people-to-people programs as well as to promote trade for the United States and the Los Angeles area. Mrs. Ahmanson is currently Chairman of the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and chairman of the board of Caroline Leonetti, Ltd. (a self-improvement center she founded in 1945). She is vice president of the board of directors of the National Committee on United States-China Relations and vice president of the board of directors of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council. Additionally, she serves on the City of Los Angeles Economic Advisory Council and has served as senior vice chairman of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.

Mrs. Ahmanson has two children and resides in Beverly Hills, CA. She was born April 12, 1918, in San Francisco, CA.

Appointment of Charles M. Bloch as a Member of the National Voluntary Service Advisory Council

August 21, 1984

The President today announced his intention to appoint Charles M. Bloch to be a member of the National Voluntary Service Advisory Council. He would succeed Leslie Lenkowsky.

Mr. Bloch is currently president of Land Factors, Inc., a real estate firm. Previously, he was president of Crown Construction Co. (1962 - 1976); an insurance underwriter with Mutual of New York (1960 - 1962); and production coordinator, Aircraft Engineering & Maintenance Co. (1958 - 1960).

Mr. Bloch attended the College of San Mateo. He is married, has two children, and resides in Danville, CA. He was born October 22, 1933, in Oakland, CA.