Nomination of Walter Edward Stadtler To Be United States Ambassador to Benin

 

September 19, 1986

 

The President today announced his intention to nominate Walter Edward Stadtler, of New York, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, as Ambassador to the People's Republic of Benin. He succeeds George E. Moose

 

Mr. Stadtler joined the Foreign Service in 1962 and was first assigned as vice consul in Southampton, England. He left Southampton in 1963 to serve in London as Third Secretary until 1964. From 1964 to 1966, he served as Third Secretary, then Second Secretary, and economic officer at the U.S. Embassy in Bonn, Germany. Mr. Stadtler returned to Washington in 1967 as a personnel officer in career management. From 1969 to 1972, he was Second Secretary and consul at the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa. Following South Africa, he became economic officer and commercial attache in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 1972 - 1975, when he was named First Secretary. Mr. Stadtler was the commercial officer in Stockholm, 1975 - 1978. In 1978 he served as European adviser at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations for the 33d Session of the General Assembly in New York City. Following that he attended the Royal College of Defense Studies in London. From 1980 to 1982, he was counselor for commercial affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Bonn, and from there in 1982 to 1985, he became Charge d'Affaires and deputy chief of mission in Pretoria. Since 1985 he has been a member of the senior seminar.

 

He attended the University of Paris, 1955 - 1956, and graduated from Fordham University (A.B., 1957). Mr. Stadtler also studied at Columbia University, 1957 - 1958. His foreign languages are German, Afrikaans, French, Vietnamese, Italian, and Swedish. Mr. Stadtler is married and has three children. He was born April 4, 1936, in New York.

 

Nomination of Donald K. Petterson To Be United States Ambassador to Tanzania

 

September 19, 1986

 

The President today announced his intention to nominate Donald K. Petterson, of California, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, as Ambassador to the United Republic of Tanzania. He succeeds John William Shirley.

 

Mr. Petterson was a personnel analyst at the California State Personnel Board in Los Angeles, CA, from 1958 to 1959, and thereafter a teaching assistant at the University of California for a year. He joined the Foreign Service in 1960 and was first assigned as a vice consul in Mexico City from 1961 to 1962. He returned to Washington in 1962 for Swahili language training prior to being assigned as vice consul in Zanzibar, Tanzania, 1963 - 1964, and consul in 1965. Mr. Petterson was then assigned as political officer at our Embassy in Lagos, Nigeria, until 1967 when he was detailed to Stanford University. In 1968 he returned to the Department as a personnel officer. From 1970 to 1972, he was Counselor of Embassy and deputy chief of mission in Freetown, Sierra Leone. He then served at our Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa, as political counselor from 1972 to 1975. Mr. Petterson became a member of the policy planning staff in the State Department from 1975 to 1977. From there he served as Director of the Office of Southern African Affairs (1977 - 1978), until he was named Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of African Affairs. He was appointed Ambassador to the Somali Democratic Republic in 1978 - 1982. He then became a foreign affairs fellow and distinguished visiting scholar at UCLA. Since 1984 he has been Deputy Director of the Office of Management Operations in the Department of State.

 

He graduated from the University of California (B.A., 1956; M.A., 1960). Mr. Petterson is married and has four children. He was born on November 17, 1930, in Huntington Park. CA.

 

Nomination of Theodore E. Gildred To Be United States Ambassador to Argentina

 

September 19, 1986

 

The President today announced his intention to nominate Theodore E. Gildred, of California, as Ambassador to Argentina. He succeeds Frank V. Ortiz, Jr.

 

Mr. Gildred began his career as a sales representative with City Chevrolet in San Diego, CA. From 1960 to 1961, he became executive assistant to the president of Pacesetter Homes of Orange County, CA, to be followed by president and chief executive officer, and owner of Costa Pacifica, Inc., in Newport Beach and La Verne, CA, 1961 - 1965. From 1965 to 1968, he was administrator of real estate developments and investments for San Juan de Letran Norte in Mexico. Since 1968 Mr. Gildred has been founder and chairman of the board of Torrey Pines Bank, a California-chartered bank organized in 1979 with seven San Diego branches, and its holding company, Torrey Pines Group. Mr. Gildred directs and serves on advisory boards of more than a dozen health care, cultural, educational, youth, recreational, and business organizations in the United States and Mexico and is the recipient of a number of public service awards.

 

Mr. Gildred graduated from Stanford University (B.A., 1959) and received certificates in 1960 from Sorbonne University in Paris, France, and the University of Heidelberg in Germany. He served in the United States Army, 1955 - 1959, and in the United States Air Force Reserve, 1959 - 1969. Mr. Gildred is bilingual in Spanish and fluent in French. He is married to the former Stephanie Ann Moscini, and they have five children. Mr. Gildred was born on October 18, 1935, in Mexico.

 

Nomination of Everett Ellis Briggs To Be United States Ambassador to Honduras

 

September 19, 1986

 

The President today announced his intention to nominate Everett Ellis Briggs, of New Hampshire, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, as Ambassador to the Republic of Honduras. He succeeds John Arthur Ferch.

 

Mr. Briggs entered the Foreign Service in 1956, and from that time until 1958, he served as an international relations officer in the Bureau of Inter-American Affairs and a member of the staff of the United States delegation of the Inter-American Economic and Social Council, Organization of American States. In 1958 he became the Salvadoran desk officer before going to La Paz, Bolivia, as political officer and vice consul. From 1961 to 1963, he served as staff assistant and consul in Berlin, German Democratic Republic. From there, in 1963 he became political officer at the U.S. Embassy in Lisbon, Portugal. Mr. Briggs returned to the Department in 1967 - 1969 as international relations officer in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs. From 1969 to 1971, he first served as Portuguese desk officer and then Deputy Director of the Office of Iberian Affairs in the Bureau of European Affairs. He attended the National War College in 1971 - 1972. Mr. Briggs was appointed consul general in Luanda, Angola, in 1972 and was then assigned in 1974 - 1978 as deputy chief of mission in Asuncion, Paraguay. From Paraguay he went to Bogota, Colombia, as deputy chief of mission until 1979, when he returned to the Department as Director and Deputy Coordinator for Mexican Affairs. From 1981 to 1982, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs. In 1982 he was appointed Ambassador to Panama and served there until March of 1986, when he became Vice President of the National Defense University.

 

Mr. Briggs graduated from Dartmouth College (A.B., 1956) and the George Washington University (M.S., 1972). His foreign languages are Spanish, Portuguese, and German. He is married to the former Sally Soast, and they have five children. Mr. Briggs was born April 6, 1934, in Havana, Cuba, of American parents.

 

Nomination of John Shelton Reed, Jr., To Be a Member of the National Council on the Humanities

 

September 19, 1986

 

The President today announced his intention to nominate John Shelton Reed, Jr., to be a member of the National Council on the Humanities, National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities, for a term expiring January 29, 1992. He would succeed Louise Ano Nuevo Kerr.

 

Mr. Reed is a professor in the department of sociology, University of North Carolina. During the summer of 1985 he was on the staff of the National Humanities Center, Institute for High School History Teachers, and from 1983 to 1984, he was a fellow with the National Humanities Center in Washington, DC. He has published extensive works on the subject of human sociology and group behaviors.

 

Mr. Reed graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (B.S., 1964) and Columbia University (Ph.D., 1971). He is married and has two children. He was born January 8, 1942, in New York, NY.