Nominations, July 17, 1985

Nomination of Douglas H. Ginsburg To Be an Assistant Attorney General

July 17, 1985

The President today announced his intention to nominate Douglas H. Ginsburg to be an Assistant Attorney General (Antitrust Division), Department of Justice. He would succeed J. Paul McGrath.

Since 1984 Mr. Ginsburg has been Administrator for Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Office of Management and Budget. Previously he was Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Regulatory Affairs, Antitrust Division, in 1983 - 1984. He was at Harvard University as professor of law (1981 - 1983) and assistant professor of law (1975 - 1981). He was law clerk at the U.S. Supreme Court (1974 - 1975) and the U.S. Court of Appeals (1973 - 1974).

Mr. Ginsburg graduated from Cornell University (B.S., 1970) and the University of Chicago Law School (J.D., 1973). He is married, has two children, and resides in Washington, DC. He was born May 25, 1946, in Chicago, IL.

Nomination of Richard Kennon Willard To Be an Assistant Attorney General

July 17, 1985

The President today announced his intention to nominate Richard Kennon Willard to be an Assistant Attorney General (Civil Division), Department of Justice. He would succeed William F. Baxter.

Since 1983 Mr. Willard has been serving as Acting Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division. Previously he was at the Justice Department as Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division (1982 - 1983), and counsel for intelligence policy (1981 - 1982). He was an attorney with the law firm of Baker & Botts in Houston, TX, in 1977 - 1981. Prior to that time, he was a law clerk to the Honorable Harry A. Blackmun, Supreme Court of the United States (1976 - 1977), and to the Honorable Anthony M. Kennedy, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit in Sacramento, CA (1975 - 1976).

He graduated from Emory University (B.A., 1969) and Harvard Law School (J.D., 1975). He is married, has two children, and resides in Arlington, VA. He was born September 1, 1948, in Houston, TX.

Nomination of Robert Vossler Keeley To Be United States Ambassador to Greece

July 17, 1985

The President today announced his intention to nominate Robert Vossler Keeley, of Florida, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador of the United States of America to Greece. He would succeed Monteagle Stearns.

Mr. Keeley began his government career as a personnel clerk with the Department of Agriculture in 1955. In 1956 he joined the Department of State and was assigned to the Executive Secretariat of the International Cooperation Administration. In 1958 he went to the U.S. Embassy in Jordan as political officer and served there until 1961, when he was assigned to Bamako, Mali. In 1963 - 1965 he was desk officer for Zaire, Congo, Rwanda, and Burundi. Mr. Keeley was then assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Athens, Greece, as political officer and from there in 1971 became deputy chief of mission in Kampala, Uganda. He returned to the Department in 1974 as Alternate Director of East African Affairs. He then served as deputy chief of mission in 1975 - 1976 in Phnom Penh, Khmer Republic, Cambodia. He returned to the Department and served as Deputy Director of the Interagency Task Force for Indochina Refugees until 1978, when he became Deputy Assistant Secretary for African Affairs. He was appointed Ambassador to Zimbabwe in 1980. Since 1984 Mr. Keeley has been senior fellow for the study of foreign affairs at the Foreign Service Institute.

Mr. Keeley graduated from Princeton University (A.B., 1951). His foreign languages are French and Greek. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard in 1953 - 1955. He is married to the former Louise Schoonmaker, and they have two children. He was born September 4, 1929, in Beirut, Lebanon.

Nomination of Francis J. Meehan To Be United States Ambassador to the German Democratic Republic

July 17, 1985

The President today announced his intention to nominate Francis J. Meehan, of Virginia, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Career Minister, to be Ambassador of the United States of America to the German Democratic Republic. He would succeed Rozanne L. Ridgway.

Mr. Meehan began his government career as a clerk at the American Consulate General in Bremen, Federal Republic of Germany, in 1947 - 1948. He then became an administrative assistant with the Economic Cooperation Administration in Washington, DC, in 1948 - 1951. In 1951 he went to Frankfurt as an information officer with the U.S. High Commission for Germany and served there until 1952, when he was assigned to the American Consulate General in Hamburg. In 1953 Mr. Meehan served in NATO, Paris, as a political officer. He was there until 1956, when he took Russian language training at the Department of State and Harvard University. He became an intelligence specialist in the Department in 1957 and in 1959 went to the U.S. Embassy in Moscow as political officer. He served there until 1961, when he was assigned to Berlin as political officer. In 1966 - 1968 Mr. Meehan was watch officer/director of the Department's Operation Center. From there he became deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Budapest, Hungary, in 1968 - 1972. He then went to the U.S. Embassy in Bonn, Federal Republic of Germany, as political counselor in 1972 - 1975. In 1975 he went to the U.S. Embassy in Austria as deputy chief of mission and served there until 1977, when he returned to Bonn as deputy chief of mission. He served in Bonn until he became Ambassador to Czechoslovakia in 1979 - 1980. He was then named Ambassador to Poland in 1980 and served there until he became research professor at Georgetown University. He has continued at Georgetown until the present. From October 1984 to April 1985, he was also a senior foreign policy officer in the Office for Management Operations in the Department.

Mr. Meehan graduated from the University of Glasgow (M.A., 1945) and Harvard University (M.P.A., 1957). He served in the United States Army in 1945 - 1947. His foreign languages are German, French, Russian, Polish, Czech, and Hungarian. He is married to the former Margaret Kearns, and they have four children. He was born February 14, 1924, in East Orange, NJ.

Nomination of John Pierce Ferriter To Be United States Ambassador to Djibouti

July 17, 1985

The President today announced his intention to nominate John Pierce Ferriter, of Florida, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, as Ambassador of the United States of America to the Republic of Djibouti. He would succeed Alvin P. Adams, Jr.

Mr. Ferriter was a law librarian with Mendes & Mount in New York in 1962 - 1963. In 1964 he became a junior Foreign Service officer and was assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Brazzaville, Congo, until 1965. He then served at the U.S Embassy in Mauritania. In 1966 he became an economic officer at the U.S. Mission to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris, France. He served there until 1970, when he returned to the Department of State as economic officer. In 1972 Mr. Ferriter became a staff member of the National Security Council, the White House. In 1972 - 1973 he took university training at Harvard University in Cambridge. In 1973 he went to the U.S. Embassy in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, as economic/commercial counselor until 1975. He then served at Paris, France, as commercial attache until 1978. He returned to the Department's Economic Bureau first as Division Chief of the Tropical Products Division, then Director of the Office of International Commodities, followed by Director of the Office of Energy Consumer Country Affairs. From 1983 to the present, he has been deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa, Zaire.

Mr. Ferriter graduated from Queens College at the University of the City of New York (B.A., 1960), Fordham University School of Law (L.L.B., 1963), and Harvard University, J.F.K. School of Government (M.P.A., 1973). He also graduated from the U.S. Army War College in 1983. He served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve in 1955 - 1961. His foreign languages are French and Italian. Mr. Ferriter is married to the former Daniela Calvino. He was born January 26, 1938, in Boston, MA.

Nomination of Anthony J. Calio To Be Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

July 17, 1985

The President today announced his intention to nominate Anthony J. Calio to be Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce. He would succeed John V. Byrne.

Since 1981 Mr. Calio has been serving as Deputy Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Previously, he was Associate Administrator for Space and Terrestrial Applications for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in 1977 - 1981; Deputy Associate Administrator for Space Sciences at NASA Headquarters in 1975 - 1977; Director of Science and Applications at Johnson Space Center in 1968 - 1975; and at NASA Headquarters as Assistant Director of Planetary Exploration (1967 - 1968) and Chief of Instrumentation and Systems Integration (1965 - 1967).

He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania (B.A., 1953). He is married, has four children, and resides in Potomac, MD. He was born October 27, 1929, in Philadelphia, PA.

Nomination of Orson G. Swindle III To Be an Assistant Secretary of Commerce

July 17, 1985

The President today announced his intention to nominate Orson G. Swindle III to be an Assistant Secretary of Commerce (Economic Development Administration). He would succeed J. Bonnie Newman.

Since June 1981 Mr. Swindle has been serving as Georgia State Director of the Farmers Home Administration within the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He was commissioned in the United States Marine Corps in 1959 and became a fighter pilot, flying over 200 missions in Southeast Asia. He was captured in North Vietnam in November 1966, where he was held prisoner for over 6 years. He was repatriated in March 1973. He was a financial manager for the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany, GA, in 1975 - 1979. In 1979 he retired from the Marine Corps with the rank of lieutenant colonel. He has over 20 personal decorations for valor, including two Silver Stars, two Bronze Stars, two Legions of Merit, two Purple Hearts, 13 Air Medals, and the Navy Commendation Medal.

Mr. Swindle graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology (B.S., 1959) and Florida State University (M.B.A., 1975). He is married, has one child, and resides in Camilla, GA. He was born March 8, 1937, in Thomasville, GA.