Nominations & Appointments, July 15, 1985

Nomination of John Gunther Dean To Be United States Ambassador to India

July 15, 1985

The President today announced his intention to nominate John Gunther Dean, of New York, as Ambassador to India. He would succeed Harry G. Barnes, Jr.

In 1950 Mr. Dean entered government service as economic analyst with the Economic Cooperation Administration in Paris. In 1951 - 1952 he was an industrial analyst in Brussels. In 1953 - 1956 he was assistant economic commissioner with the International Cooperation Administration in Saigon, Phnom Penh, and Vientiane. Mr. Dean entered on duty in the Department of State in 1956. In 1956 - 1958 he served as political officer in Vientiane and in 1959 - 1960 as consular officer in Lome. In 1960 - 1961 he was Charge d'Affaires in Bamako and then became officer in charge of Mali-Togo affairs in the Department in 1961 - 1963. In 1963 Mr. Dean was adviser to the U.S. delegation to the 18th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, and in 1964 - 1965 he was an international relations officer in the Department. He went to Paris in 1965 as political officer and served there until 1969. In 1969 - 1970 he was a fellow at the Harvard Center for International Affairs in Cambridge, MA. He was then detailed to the Agency for International Development and served as Regional Director CORDS in Saigon until 1972. In 1972 - 1974 he was deputy chief of mission/counselor in Vientiane. In 1974 - 1975 he was Ambassador to the Khmer Republic; in 1975 - 1978 he was Ambassador to Denmark; in 1978 - 1981 he was Ambassador to Lebanon, and since 1981 he has been serving as Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand.

Mr. Dean graduated from Harvard University (B.S., 1947; M.A., 1950). He received his doctorate in 1949 from the Institut des Hautes Etudes (Paris). He served as a lieutenant in the United States Army in 1944 - 1946. His foreign languages are French, German, and Danish. He is married to the former Martine Duphenieux, and they have three children. He was born February 24, 1926, in Germany (naturalized in 1944).

Nomination of James W. Spain To Be United States Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives

July 15, 1985

The President today announced his intention to nominate James W. Spain, of California, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Career Minister, as Ambassador to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and to the Republic of Maldives. He would succeed John Hathaway Reed.

Mr. Spain began his career as a consultant to the Secretary of the Army in Tokyo, Japan, in 1949 - 1950. In 1951 he served as a vice consul in Karachi, Pakistan. He taught at Columbia University in 1953 - 1954 and in 1955 became an analyst, Office of National Estimates at the Central Intelligence Agency until 1963. He served as a member of the policy planning council in the Department in 1963. He then became director, Office of Research and Analysis for the Middle East and South Asia, in 1964 - 1966. He taught at American University between 1965 - 1967. In 1966 he was director, Pakistan and Afghanistan affairs, and in 1969 he became Charge d'Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan. From there, in 1970 he went to Istanbul, Turkey, as consul general. In 1972 - 1974 Mr. Spain was deputy chief of mission in Ankara, Turkey. He went to Florida State University in Tallahassee as diplomat in residence in 1974 - 1975. In 1975 he became Ambassador to Tanzania. In 1979 he went to New York as Deputy U.S. Representative to the United Nations, returning in 1980 to become Ambassador to Turkey. Since 1982 he has been a foreign affairs fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Rand Corp., in Washington, DC.

Mr. Spain graduated from the University of Chicago (M.A., 1949) and Columbia University (Ph.D., 1959). He served in the United States Army in 1946 - 1947. His foreign languages are French and Turkish. Mr. Spain has three children and resides in Washington, DC. He was born July 22, 1926, in Chicago, IL.

Nomination of Leo C. McKenna To Be a Member of the Advisory Board of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation

July 15, 1985

The President today announced his intention to nominate Leo C. McKenna to be a member of the Advisory Board of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, Department of Transportation. He would succeed Jacob L. Bernheim.

He is a self-employed financial analyst in New York City. He was vice president and member of the board of Dominick & Dominick, Inc., in 1973 - 1974; president and chief executive officer of Lombard, Nelson & McKenna, Inc., in 1967 - 1973; and staff assistant to the president of W.R. Grace & Co. in 1961 - 1967.

Mr. McKenna graduated from Dartmouth College (A.B., 1956) and the Amos Tuck School of Business (M.B.A., 1957). He has four children and resides in New York City. He was born October 9, 1933, in Concord, MA.

Appointment of 14 Members of the President's Blue Ribbon Commission on Defense Management

July 15, 1985

The President today announced his intention to appoint the membership of the President's Blue Ribbon Commission on Defense Management. In addition to David Packard, who was previously announced to serve as Chairman, the President has selected the following individuals to serve as members of the Commission:

Ernest Arbuckle, of California, dean emeritus, graduate school of business, Stanford University;

Gen. Robert H. Barrow, of Louisiana, former Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps;

Nicholas F. Brady, of New Jersey, chairman, Dillon, Read and Co., Inc.;

Louis Wellington Cabot, of Massachusetts, chairman of the board, Cabot Corp.;

Frank C. Carlucci, of Virginia, chairman and chief executive officer, Sears World Trade, Inc.;

William P. Clark, of California, counsel, Rogers and Wells;

Gen. Paul Francis Gorman, of Virginia, vice president, Burdeshaw and Associates;

Carla Anderson Hills, of Washington, DC, partner, Latham, Watkins and Hills;

Adm. James Holloway, of Maryland, president, Council of American Flagship Operators;

William James Perry, of California, managing director, Hambrecht and Quist;

Charles J. Pilliod, Jr., of Ohio, director and consultant, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co.;

Gen. Brent Scowcroft, of Maryland, vice chairman, Kissinger Associates, Inc.;

Herbert Stein, of Virginia, senior fellow, American Enterprise Institute; and

Robert James Woolsey, of Maryland, partner, Shea and Gardner.

Appointment of W. Dennis Thomas as Assistant to the President

July 15, 1985

The President announced today his intention to appoint W. Dennis Thomas as Assistant to the President.

Mr. Thomas most recently has been a partner and associate director of the national office of Touche Ross, an international accounting firm. He joined the firm in May 1985. From December 1983 to May 1985, Mr. Thomas worked in the White House as Deputy Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs, serving as the President's liaison with the House of Representatives. From January 1981 to December 1983, he served as Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs, Department of the Treasury. From 1976 to 1981, Mr. Thomas served as administrative assistant to Senator William V. Roth, Jr. (R-DE). From 1974 to 1976, Mr. Thomas was administrative assistant to Senator J. Glenn Beall, Jr. (R-MD). From 1971 to 1974, he served as executive assistant to Senator Beall, and from 1969 to 1970, he served as special assistant to then Congressman Beall. Mr. Thomas was a member of the administrative staff of the Carroll County, MD, board of education from 1967 to 1968.

He graduated from Frostburg State College in Frostburg, MD, in 1965. He received his master's degree from the University of Maryland in 1967. Mr. Thomas is married and has one son. He lives with his family in Bethesda, MD. Mr. Thomas is 41 years old.