Appointments, October 21, 1985

Appointment of David A. Bockorny as Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs (House)

October 21, 1985

The President today appointed David A. Bockorny to be a Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs (House). He will succeed Tom Donnelly.

Mr. Bockorny has been on the staff of the National Association of Realtors since 1981 serving most recently as staff vice president of political and legislative liaison. In 1977 - 1981 he served as legislative assistant to Senator James Abdnor (R - SD) during Mr. Abdnor's tenure in the House of Representatives.

Mr. Bockorny graduated from Dakota State College (B.S., 1976) and the University of South Dakota (M.B.A., 1978). He is married, has one daughter, and resides in Annandale, VA. He was born August 24, 1954, in Huron, SD.

Appointment of J. Edward Fox as Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs (House)

October 21, 1985

The President has appointed J. Edward Fox to be a Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs (House). He will succeed Henry Gandy.

Mr. Fox most recently served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs. Previously he served as the Department's Deputy Assistant Secretary in charge of liaison with the House of Representatives in 1983 - 1984. He was a minority staff consultant with the House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs in 1975 - 1982. He also served as legislative assistant to Representative John R. Rousselot (R - CA) in 1974 - 1975 and as research assistant to Representative John Ashbrook (R - OH) in 1973 - 1974.

He graduated from Ohio State University (B.A., 1972) and George Washington University (M.A., 1976). He is married, has three children, and resides in Washington, DC. He was born December 1, 1948, in Columbus, OH.

Appointment of Merlin P. Breaux as Special Assistant to the President for Public Liaison

October 21, 1985

The President has appointed Merlin P. Breaux as a Special Assistant to the President for Public Liaison. Mr. Breaux will have responsibility for economic issues.

Mr. Breaux most recently served as vice president of industrial relations for Gulf Oil Corp. in Houston, TX. Previously, he was vice president of human resources (1975 - 1976), director of labor relations (1968 - 1975), labor negotiator (1967 - 1968), and industrial relations assistant (1966 - 1967) at Gulf. He graduated from Lamar University in Beaumont, TX, in 1958, where he is currently vice chairman of the board of regents. He served in the United States Air Force in 1951 - 1953. He was recently appointed by President Reagan to the President's Advisory Committee on Mediation and Conciliation. He has been a member of the Business Roundtable and served on several of its committees.

Mr. Breaux is married and has five children. He was born January 15, 1932, in Edgerly, LA.

Appointment of Thomas F. Gibson III as Special Assistant to the President and Director of Public Affairs

October 21, 1985

The President has appointed Thomas F. Gibson III to be Special Assistant to the President and Director of Public Affairs.

For the past 2 years, Mr. Gibson has served as an Associate Director of the White House Office of Cabinet Affairs. From 1982 to 1983, he was an editor on the opinion staff of USA Today. From 1979 to 1981, Mr. Gibson was director of government relations for the Brick Institute of America, and from 1978 to 1979, he was a legislative assistant to United States Senator Dewey F. Bartlett. He was a freelance political illustrator for a number of publications from 1977 to 1982.

Mr. Gibson graduated from Princeton University (B.A., 1977) and Harvard University (M.P.A., 1982). He was born January 23, 1955, in Indianapolis, IN, and now resides in Alexandria, VA.

Appointment of Susan K. Mathis as Special Assistant to the President and Director of Media Relations

October 21, 1985

The President has appointed Susan K. Mathis to be Special Assistant to the President and Director of Media Relations.

Ms. Mathis has served in the Media Relations Office since 1981, first as Deputy Director, then Acting Director. Prior to joining the administration, she was a television and radio correspondent in Washington for Cox Communications. In 1976 Ms. Mathis was a press assistant with the Ford-Dole committee. From 1973 to 1976, she anchored a daily newscast on cable television in East Lansing, MI, and produced public affairs programs. From 1971 to 1973, she was a secondary school communications instructor and coached drama, debate, and forensics in Roseville, MI. She was also a newspaper columnist and freelance writer.

Ms. Mathis graduated from the University of Michigan (B.A., 1971). She was born June 21, 1949, in Detroit, MI, and now resides in Alexandria, VA.

Appointment of Agnes M. Waldron as Special Assistant to the President and Director of Research

October 21, 1985

The President has appointed Agnes M. Waldron to be Special Assistant to the President and Director of Research. This is a new position.

Miss Waldron most recently served as a professional staff member of the Senate Republican Policy Committee in 1977 - 1984. She served at the White House in the Office of the Press Secretary (1970 - 1973); Director of Research (1973 - 1976); and as Deputy Director of Communications in 1976.

She graduated from the University of Connecticut (B.S., 1946) and Catholic University (M.S.W., 1949). She was born October 2, 1924, in New Canaan, CT.