Nomination of Robert L.
Pugh To Be United States Ambassador to Chad
June 24, 1988
President today announced his intention to nominate Robert L. Pugh, of
Virginia, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of
Minister-Counselor, as Ambassador to the Republic of Chad. He would succeed John Blane.
Pugh entered the Foreign Service in 1961. He studied at the Foreign Service
Institute and then served as an international economist for the Department of
State, 1961 - 1963. In 1963 he returned to the Institute for further study. He
served as political-military officer in Ankara, Turkey, 1964 - 1967, and as
principal officer of the American consulate in Isfahan, 1967 - 1969. From 1969
to 1972, he was political officer in the Office of Turkish Affairs for the Bureau
of Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs in the Department of State. He served
as political-military officer in Athens, Greece, 1972 - 1976; congressional
relations officer at the Department of State, 1976 - 1977; political adviser to
CINCUSNAVEUR in London, 1977 - 1979; and Deputy Director of the Office of
Southern European Affairs in the Bureau of European Affairs, 1979 - 1981. Mr.
Pugh was a personnel placement officer in the Bureau of Personnel, 1981 - 1982,
and deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, 1982 - 1984. From 1984
to 1985, he attended the Executive Seminar in National and International
Affairs at the Foreign Service Institute. Since 1985 he has been U.S.
Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania.
Pugh graduated from the University of Washington (B.A., 1954). He served
in the United States Marine Corps, 1954 - 1961. He was born October
in Clinton, PA. He is married and has