Nominations & Appointments, October 24, 1985

Nomination of Laurence William Lane, Jr., To Be United States Ambassador to Australia and Nauru

October 24, 1985

The President today announced his intention to nominate Laurence William Lane, Jr., of California, as Ambassador to Australia and to serve concurrently as Ambassador to the Republic of Nauru. He would succeed Robert Dean Nesen.

From 1946 to the present, Mr. Lane has been with the Lane Publishing Co. in Menlo Park, CA, serving in various positions such as marketing representative, salesman, editorial assistant, sales manager, vice president, president, and chairman of the board. He is also publisher of Sunset magazine. From 1965 to the present, he was a member of the advisory board for Liberty Mutual Insurance Company of Northern California; 1967 to the present, a member of the board of directors of the California Water Service Co. in San Jose; 1971 to the present, a member of the board of directors of Crown Zellerbach Corp. in San Francisco; and 1980 to the present, a member of the board of directors of Pacific Gas and Electric Co. in San Francisco. Mr. Lane's government service has included chairmanship of the Water Panel, Governor's ``California Changing Environment'' in 1969; 1972, Chairman, President's Commission for National Parks Centennial; 1973 - 1974, member, President's National Advisory Committee on Oceans and Atmosphere; 1974 - 1985, member, Secretary of the Interior Advisory Council for National Parks; 1975, Ambassador/Commissioner General of the U.S. Exhibition at the International Ocean Exposition in Okinawa, Japan; 1976 - 1981, chairman of the Pacific Area Travel Association, USTS/Commerce; and 1981 - 1983, a member of the National Productivity Advisory Committee. He was also mayor and councilman, town council of Portola Valley, CA.

Mr. Lane graduated from Stanford University (B.A., 1942). He served in the United States Navy from 1942 - 1946. His foreign language is Spanish. He is married to the former Donna Jean Gimbel and has three children. He was born November 7, 1919, in Des Moines, IA, and currently resides in Portola Valley, CA.

Nomination of John Edwin Upston To Be United States Ambassador to Rwanda

October 24, 1985

The President today announced his intention to nominate John Edwin Upston, of Virginia, as Ambassador to the Republic of Rwanda. He would succeed John Blane.

Mr. Upston was an associate with Draper, Gaither, and Anderson in Palo Alto, CA, from 1959 to 1964. In 1964 he became a member of the management planning staff (West Africa) with the Department of State. From 1966 to 1968, he was a member of the permanent U.S. delegation to the United Nations in New York and an adviser in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs in the Department. In 1969 he was an associate with the investment banking firm of Burnham and Co. Mr. Upston then returned to the Department in 1971 to serve as special assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Management, where he remained until 1973 when he became Executive Director of the United States National Commission for Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), United Nations, in the Department. In 1981 he was a Presidential delegate to the independence celebration of Antigua and Barbuda. In 1981 he also served as a member of the White House Puerto Rico Task Force. Since 1981 he has been Department of State Coordinator for Caribbean Affairs.

Mr. Upston graduated from Stanford University (A.B., 1958). He has four children. He was born April 17, 1935, in Maxwell Field, AL, and currently resides in Leesburg, VA.

Nomination of Helen M. Witt To Be a Member of the National Mediation Board

October 24, 1985

The President today announced his intention to nominate Helen M. Witt, of Pennsylvania, to be a member of the National Mediation Board for the term expiring July 1, 1988. This is a reappointment.

Mrs. Witt has been a member of the National Mediation Board since 1983. Previously, she was assistant to the chairman, board of arbitration, USS/USWA, in 1975 - 1982; special arbitrator, U.S. Steel Corp. and United Steelworkers of America, in 1974; on the first expedited arbitration panel formulated by Coordinating Committee Steel Companies and the United Steelworkers under the 1971 basic agreements in 1972; and in the private practice of law with the firms of Cleland, Hurtt & Witt and Witt & Witt in 1970 - 1974.

Mrs. Witt graduated from Dickinson College (B.A., 1955) and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law (J.D., 1969). She is married, has five children, and resides in Washington, DC. Mrs. Witt was born July 13, 1933, in Atlantic City, NJ.

Appointment of Stephen I. Danzansky as Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and Senior Director of International Economic Affairs for the National Security Council

October 24, 1985

The President today announced the appointment of Stephen I. Danzansky as Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and Senior Director of International Economic Affairs

Mr. Danzansky is a partner in the Washington office of the law firm of Willkie Farr & Gallagher, where he served as managing partner. He has been appointed under three Presidents and elected Chairman of the District of Columbia Law Revision Commission; has been an adjunct professor at George Washington University School of Law; and is a member of the D.C. Bar Association, International Trade Commission Trial Lawyers Committee, and the International Law Institute Advisory Board. He was appointed by President Reagan to serve as a member of the Advisory Committee for Trade Negotiations. Mr. Danzansky has also served as an officer and director of numerous civic and cultural organizations.

He graduated from Washington & Lee University (B.A., 1961) and George Washington University School of Law (J.D., 1964). He is married to Joan Winston Cox. They have two children and reside in Washington, DC. He was born July 31, 1939.

Appointment of Ronald Keith Sable as Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and Senior Director of Legislative Affairs for the National Security Council

October 24, 1985

The President today announced the appointment of Ronald Keith Sable as Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and Senior Director of Legislative Affairs for the National Security Council. He will succeed Christopher M. Lehman.

Mr. Sable has served since December 1983 as Director of Legislative Affairs for the National Security Council. Previously he served as special assistant to Kenneth M. Duberstein, Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs. Prior to that time, Mr. Sable served as Chief of Air Operations, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, 1979 - 1982, and Air Force advance agent for Presidential travel from 1974 to 1978. Mr. Sable, a commercial and military pilot, is retired from the Air Force (colonel). He graduated from Iowa Wesleyan College (B.S., 1963) and Southern Illinois University (M.S., international relations, 1975). He also studied international security affairs at Harvard University. He is a recipient of the Valley Forge Freedoms Foundation George Washington Honor Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Air Medal.

Mr. Sable is married and has one child. He was born May 8, 1941, in Farmington, IA, and currently resides in Alexandria, VA.

Appointment of Raymond F. Burghardt as Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs

October 24, 1985

The President today announced his intention to appoint Raymond F. Burghardt as Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. Mr. Burghardt will succeed Constantine C. Menges as Senior Director of Latin American Affairs on the National Security Council staff.

Mr. Burghardt has served on the National Security Council staff since March 1984 as Director of Latin American Affairs, with responsibility for Central America and the Caribbean region. Prior to joining the National Security Council staff, Mr. Burghardt, a career Foreign Service officer, was chief of the political section at the American Embassy in Honduras. His earlier Latin American experience included an assignment as political officer in Guatemala, 1973 - 1975. Before joining the Foreign Service in 1969, Mr. Burghardt spent 1 year as a Peace Corps volunteer in Colombia. Mr. Burghardt also has had extensive experience in east Asia, including assignments in Saigon and Hong Kong and in the State Department's Bureau of East Asian Affairs.

Mr. Burghardt graduated from Columbia College (B.A., 1967) and attended Columbia University's School of International Affairs. He is married to the former Susan Day, and they have two children. He was born on May 27, 1945, in New York City and resides in Great Falls, VA.