May 13, 1987 The President today announced his intention to nominate Hume A. Horan, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador of the United States of America to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He would succeed Walter Leon Cutler.
Prior to joining the Foreign Service in 1960, Mr. Horan worked the summers of 1951 - 1953 as a surveyor and 1957 - 1958 as a crew/sculling coach at Harvard University. His first assignment as a junior Foreign Service officer was third secretary in Baghdad, Iraq. In 1963 - 1964 he was an attache and Arabic language student in Beirut, Lebanon. Mr. Horan was assigned in 1964 as second secretary, political and principal officer in Baida, Libya. He returned to Washington, DC, in 1966, serving as a personnel placement officer in the African Bureau. From 1967 to 1969, he was Libyan desk officer and in 1969 went on to a congressional fellowship with Senator Muskie and Congressman Bradford Morse. Mr. Horan was assigned in 1970 - 1972 as first secretary and political chief in Amman, Jordan. He became deputy chief of mission in Jidda, Saudi Arabia, 1972 - 1977, following which he returned to Washington as a member of the senior seminar at the Foreign Service Institute. From 1978 to 1980, he was Senior Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs. Mr. Horan was appointed Ambassador to the United Republic of Cameroon in 1980 and served concurrently as Ambassador to the Republic of Equatorial Guinea until 1982. Mr. Horan was appointed Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Sudan in 1983 and served there until 1986, when he became diplomat-in-residence at Georgetown University.
Mr. Horan graduated from Harvard University (A.B., 1956; A.M., 1963). He was born August 13, 1934, in Washington, DC. Mr. Horan is married, has three children, and resides in Washington, DC.