Nominations & Appointments, January 25, 1985

Nomination of Richard T. McCormack To Be Permanent United States Representative to the Organization of American States

January 25, 1985

The President today announced his intention to nominate Richard T. McCormack to be the Permanent Representative of the United States of America to the Organization of American States, with the rank of Ambassador. He would succeed J. William Middendorf II.

Since 1982 he has been serving as Assistant Secretary of State (Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs). Previously he was a consultant for international economics at the Department of State, representing the Department at a number of functions abroad. In 1979 - 1981 he served as a legislative assistant to Senator Jesse Helms. He was at the American Enterprise Institute in 1975 - 1977 and Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for International Economic Affairs in 1974.

He is the author of ``Asians in Kenya,'' and a number of other articles and monographs on foreign affairs. He graduated from Georgetown University (B.A., 1963) and the University of Fribourg in Switzerland (Ph.D., 1966). He is married, has one child, and resides in Washington, DC. He was born March 6, 1941, in Bradford, PA.

Nomination of J. William Middendorf II To Be United States Representative to the European Communities

January 25, 1985

The President today announced his intention to nominate J. William Middendorf II to be the Representative of the United States of America to the European Communities with the rank and status of Ambassador. He would succeed George Southall Vest.

Since 1981 he has been serving as Permanent Representative of the United States of America to the Organization of American States, with the rank of Ambassador. Previously he was chairman of the finance committee of the Presidential Inaugural Committee. He was president and chief executive officer of Financial General Bankshares, Inc., in 1977 - 1981. He served as Under Secretary, then Secretary of the Navy in 1974 - 1977. In 1969 - 1973 he was the United States Ambassador to the Netherlands.

He received a bachelor of naval science from Holy Cross College in 1945 and a bachelor of arts degree from Harvard University in 1947. He also graduated from New York University Graduate School of Business Administration (M.B.A., 1954). He is married and has four children. He was born September 22, 1924, in Baltimore, MD.

Nomination of George Southall Vest To Be Director General of the Foreign Service

January 25, 1985

The President today announced his intention to nominate George Southall Vest, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Career Minister, to be Director General of the Foreign Service, Department of State. He would succeed Alfred L. Atherton, Jr.

Since 1981 he has been serving as Representative of the United States of America to the European Communities, with the rank and status of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. Previously, he served in the State Department as Assistant Secretary for European Affairs in 1977 - 1981; Director of the Bureau of Politico-Military Affairs in 1974 - 1976; Deputy Assistant Secretary for Press Relations in 1973 - 1974; and Special Assistant to the Secretary for negotiations on CSCE in Helsinki and Geneva (1972 - 1973). He was Deputy Chief of Mission in Brussels (USEC, 1967 - 1979) and NATO (1969 - 1971).

He graduated from the University of Virginia (B.A., 1941; M.A., 1947). He served in the U.S. Army in 1941 - 1946. He is married, has three children, and resides in Bethesda, MD. He was born December 25, 1918, in Columbia, VA.

Appointment of Six Members of the National Afro-American History and Culture Commission

January 25, 1985

The President today announced his intention to appoint the following individuals to be members of the National Afro-American History and Culture Commission:

Aletha Odom-Foxworth for a term expiring January 18, 1987. She will succeed Alan Pifer. She is a science teacher at North Miami Beach Senior High School. She graduated from Fisk University (B.A., 1967) and the University of Miami (M.B.A., 1976). She was born April 27, 1939, in Miami, FL, where she now resides.

Dorothy B. Parker for a term expiring January 18, 1987. She will succeed Leon Litwack. She is special assistant to the associate director of the National Institute of Education in Washington, DC. She graduated from Cheyney State College (B.S., 1964), Temple University (Ed.M., 1970), and Peabody College of Vanderbilt University (Ed.D., 1981). She was born January 28, 1933, in Philadelphia, PA, and now resides in Alexandria, VA.

James E. Stratten for a term expiring January 18, 1987. He will succeed C.J. McLin. He is owner of R&J Futuristic, Inc., land developers in San Francisco, CA. He graduated from Talladega College (B.A., 1936) and Columbia University (M.A., 1939). He was born November 20, 1913, in Cedartown, GA, and now resides in San Francisco, CA.

Ronald J. Crutcher for a term expiring January 18, 1989. He will succeed James Alfred Joseph. He is chief bailiff of the Dayton Municipal Court in Dayton, OH. He is also a general partner in R&D Associates in Dayton. He graduated from Wright State University (B.A.). He was born September 30, 1954, in Detroit, MI and now resides in Dayton, OH.

Theophilus W. Mungen, Jr., for a term expiring January 18, 1989. He will succeed Karen Zuniga. He is a sales associate with Skagits Land and Home Realty in Mount Vernon, WA. He graduated from Volusia County Community College (A.A., 1963), Florida A&M University (B.S., 1965) and the University of Idaho (M.S., 1971). He was born March 24, 1943, in St. Augustine, FL, and now resides in Mount Vernon, WA.

Lucy Phelps Patterson for a term expiring January 18, 1989. She will succeed Topper Carew. She is Branham professor and director of the Social Work Program at Bishop College in Dallas, TX. She graduated from Howard University (A.B., 1950) and the University of Denver School of Social Work (M.A., 1963). She was born June 21, 1931, in Dallas, TX, where she now resides.