Nominations, April 26, 1985

Nomination of Harry George Barnes, Jr., To Be United States Ambassador to Chile

April 26, 1985

The President today announced his intention to nominate Harry George Barnes, Jr., of Maryland, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Career Minister, as Ambassador to the Republic of Chile. He would succeed James Daniel Theberge.

In 1951 Mr. Barnes entered the Foreign Service as consular officer in Bombay and was head of the consular section in Prague in 1953 - 1955. He attended Russian language training in Oberammergau, Germany, in 1955 - 1956. He was publications procurement officer in Moscow in 1957 - 1959. In 1959 - 1962 he was political officer of the Office of Soviet Affairs in the Department. He attended the National War College in 1962 - 1963. In 1963 - 1967 he was deputy chief of mission in Katmandu. He attended Romanian language training at the Foreign Service Institute in 1967 - 1968 and was deputy chief of mission in Bucharest in 1968 - 1971. In the Department he was supervisory personnel officer (1971 - 1972) and Deputy Executive Secretary (1972 - 1974). In 1974 - 1977 he was Ambassador to Romania. In 1977 - 1981 he was Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Personnel in the Department. He was appointed Ambassador to India in 1981.

Mr. Barnes was born June 5, 1926, in St. Paul, MN. He graduated (B.A., summa cum laude, 1949) from Amherst College and received his M.A. in 1968 from Columbia University. He served in the United States Army in 1944 - 1946. His foreign languages are Romanian, Russian, Nepali, French, Hindi, Spanish, and German. He is married to the former Elizabeth Ann Sibley, and they have four children.

Nomination of William Andreas Brown To Be United States Ambassador to Thailand

April 26, 1985

The President today announced his intention to nominate William Andreas Brown, of New Hampshire, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, as Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand. He would succeed John Gunther Dean.

In 1956 Mr. Brown entered on duty in the Department of State. He served as consular and commercial officer in Hong Kong in 1957 - 1959. In 1959 - 1961 he was a language student in Taichung, Taiwan. In 1961 - 1964 he served as political officer in Singapore, followed by a tour in Kuching, Sarawak, as principal officer until 1965. He then studied the Russian language at the Foreign Service Institute in 1965 - 1966. From there he went to Moscow as political officer in 1966 - 1968. In 1968 - 1970 he was political officer in New Delhi. In 1970 he became Deputy Director, Office of Asian Communist Affairs, and in 1972 went to the National War College. In 1972 - 1973 he studied Mongolian at Leeds, England. Mr. Brown was detailed to the Environmental Protection Agency, where he served as special assistant to the Administrator in 1974 - 1976. In 1977 he went to Moscow as political counselor, where he served until 1978 when he departed for Taipei as deputy chief of mission, Charge, and First Acting Director. He became Director of the American Institute, Taiwan, in Tel Aviv, where he served as deputy chief of mission in 1979 - 1982. In 1982 - 1983 he was visiting professor at the University of New Hampshire. And from 1983 to the present, he has been Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.

Mr. Brown was born September 7, 1930, in Winchester, MA. He graduated from Harvard College (B.A., 1952) and Harvard University Graduate School (M.A., 1955; Ph.D., 1963). He served in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1952 - 1954 and U.S. Marine Corps Reserve in 1954 - 1960. His foreign languages are Malay, Russian, Mongolian, French, and Japanese. He is married to the former Helen Melpomene Coutchavlis, and they have four children.

Nomination of David George Newton To Be United States Ambassador to Iraq

April 26, 1985

The President today announced his intention to nominate David George Newton, of Virginia, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Counselor, as Ambassador to the Republic of Iraq. He would be our first Ambassador to Iraq since resumption of diplomatic relations on November 26, 1984.

Mr. Newton began his career with Bell Telephone Co. in 1957 - 1958. In 1962 he entered the Foreign Service Institute for training and from there served as vice consul, American consulate general, Zurich, Switzerland, until 1964. In 1964 - 1966 he took Arabic language training at the Foreign Service Institute in Beirut, Lebanon. Following this he became economic officer at the American Embassy in Sanaa, Yemen, until 1967. In 1967 - 1969 he returned to the Department as economic officer in the Bureau of Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs (Lebanon, Jordan, Syrian Arab Republic, and Iraq desks). In 1970 - 1973, he served as political officer in Jedda, Saudi Arabia. From there he returned to Sanaa as deputy chief of mission until 1975. Mr. Newton then became Division Chief of Near Eastern Affairs in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research in the Department in 1975 - 1977. In 1978 - 1981 he served as deputy chief of mission in Damascus, Syria, and in 1981 - 1984 as political counselor at the U.S. Interests Section in Baghdad, Iraq. From 1984 to the present, he has been Charge d'Affaires at the Embassy in Baghdad.

Mr. Newton was born November 13, 1935, in Boston, MA. He graduated from Harvard College (A.B., 1957) and the University of Michigan (M.A., 1970). His foreign languages are Arabic, German, and French. Mr. Newton served in the United States Army in 1958 - 1961. He is married to the former Margarete Rathay, and they have two children.