Nominations & Appointments, May 14, 1986

Nomination of Cynthia Shepard Perry To Be United States Ambassador to Sierra Leone

May 14, 1986

The President today announced his intention to nominate Cynthia Shepard Perry to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Sierra Leone. She would succeed Arthur Winston Lewis.

Mrs. Perry began her career in 1957 as a secretary with Nichols Investment Corp. in Terre Haute, IN. In 1962 she went with IBM Corp. where she worked until 1967 as a secretary in Terre Haute and then educational representative, Ohio region of the IBM office products division in Indianapolis. From 1968 to 1971, she was director of the National Teacher Corps at the University of Massachusetts School of Education and a doctoral student. In 1971 she became an associate professor of education and associate director of Teacher Corps/Peace Corps, Texas Southern University, in Houston until 1974. From 1974 to 1976, Mrs. Perry was an in-country Peace Corps trainer, Kenya (consultant); lecturer in philosophy at the University of Nairobi; United States Information Service consultant in Kenya, Nigeria, and Zambia. In 1976 she was staff trainer at the United Nations Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and in 1978 became dean of international student affairs and professor of education at Texas Southern University in Houston, TX. From 1982 to present, Mrs. Perry has been Chief, Education and Human Resources Division, Office of Technical Resources, Africa Bureau, Agency for International Development.

Mrs. Perry was born November 11, 1928, in Terre Haute, IN. She received her B.S. in 1968 from Indiana State University and her Ed.D. in 1972 from the University of Massachusetts. Her foreign languages are Spanish and Swahili. Mrs. Perry is married to James Olden Perry, Sr. They have six children and reside in Washington, DC.

Appointment of Eugene F. Murphy as a Member of the President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee

May 14, 1986

The President today announced his intention to appoint Eugene F. Murphy to be a member of the President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee. He would succeed William C. Hittinger.

Since 1964 Mr. Murphy has been with the RCA Corp., when he became an attorney for RCA Global Communications and later vice president and general counsel, 1969; executive vice president for operations, 1972; president and chief operating officer of RCA Global Communications, 1975; and chief executive officer, 1976. He was elected a group vice president of RCA Corp. in 1981 and has continued to serve as chairman and chief executive officer of RCA Communications, Inc., while in his present position as executive vice president for communications and electronic services which he assumed in 1985.

Mr. Murphy graduated from Queens College (B.A., 1956), Fordham University (LL.D., 1959), and Georgetown University (M.L., 1964). He is married, has eight children, and resides in Plandome, NY. Mr. Murphy was born February 24, 1924, in Flushing, NY.

Appointment of Milton Himmelfarb as a Member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council

May 14, 1986

The President today announced his intention to appoint Milton Himmelfarb to be a member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council for a term of 5 years expiring January 15, 1991. He would succeed Harry J. Caragas.

Mr. Himmelfarb is presently contributing editor of Commentary magazine in New York City. Previously he was director, information and research services for the American Jewish Committee. He has served as a visiting professor at the Jewish Theological Seminary and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and as a visiting lecturer at Yale College.

Mr. Himmelfarb graduated from City College of New York (B.A., 1938; M.S., 1939). He is married, has seven children, and resides in White Plains, NY. He was born October 21, 1918, in Brooklyn, NY.

Appointment of Earl Walker as a Member of the President's Commission on White House Fellowships

May 14, 1986

The President today announced his intention to appoint Earl Walker to be a member of the President's Commission on White House Fellowships. He would succeed Judith Anne Walter.

Since 1981 Dr. Walker has been a permanent associate professor of American politics and public policy at the U.S. Military Academy. He was a visiting USMA professor and fellow in the Department of Public Policy at the National War College at Fort McNair in Washington, DC, 1984 - 1985; a White House fellow at the Department of Energy and in the White House Office of Policy Development, 1980 - 1981; and an assistant professor and instructor at the U.S. Military Academy, 1975 - 1979.

Dr. Walker graduated from the U.S. Military Academy (B.S., 1967), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.A., 1973; Ph.D., 1980). He is married, has two children, and resides in West Point, NY. Dr. Walker was born February 28, 1944, in Decatur, IL.

Appointment of Two Members of the Advisory Committee for Trade Negotiations

May 14, 1986

The President today announced his intention to appoint the following members of the Advisory Committee for Trade Negotiations for terms of 2 years:

Mary Jo Jacobi, of Virginia. She would succeed Emory Williams. Since January 1986 Ms. Jacobi has been corporate vice president for Drexel Burnham Lambert, Inc. Previously she was a Special Assistant to the President for Public Liaison, 1983 - 1985. She graduated from Loyola University (B.A., 1973) and George Washington University (M.B.A., 1976). She resides in New York City and was born December 7, 1951, in Bay St. Louis, MS.

John D. Macomber, of New York. He would succeed Stephen Danzansky. Since 1977 he has been with the Celanese Corp. as chief executive officer, as chairman in 1980, and most recently as president in 1983. Previously, he was associated for 20 years with McKinsey & Co., a management consulting firm, where he was a director and member of its managing committee. He graduated from Yale University (B.A., 1950) and Harvard University (M.B.A., 1952). Mr. Macomber is married, has three children, and resides in New York, NY. He was born January 13, 1928, in Rochester, NY.

Nomination of David Lowenthal To Be a Member of the National Council on the Humanities

May 14, 1986

The President today announced his intention to nominate David Lowenthal to be a member of the National Council on the Humanities, National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities, for a term expiring January 26, 1992. He would succeed Marcus Cohn.

Since 1966 Dr. Lowenthal has been a professor in the political science department at Boston College and served as its chairman from 1967 to 1974. Previously, he was an associate professor and chairman of the political science department at Wheaton College, 1958 - 1966; an instructor at Harvard University, 1955 - 1958; and an instructor and assistant professor at North Carolina State College, 1950 - 1954.

Dr. Lowenthal graduated from Brooklyn College (B.A., 1943), New York University (B.S., 1946), New School for Social Research (M.A., 1948; Ph.D., 1953). He is married, has two children, and resides in Sharon, MA. Dr. Lowenthal was born February 1, 1923, in Brooklyn, NY.