June 17, 1985

The President today announced his intention to nominate Richard R. Burt, of the District of Columbia, as Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany. He would succeed Arthur F. Burns.

Mr. Burt began his career in 1971 as a copy editor for the Boston Globe in Massachusetts. In 1973 he served as a consultant for the Rand Corp.; Hudson Institute; Stanford Research Institute; European-American Institute for Security Research; and the House Republican Wednesday Group. He was a research associate in 1973 - 1975 at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, England, and in 1975 became assistant director. In 1977 - 1980 he was a correspondent with the New York Times in Washington, DC.

In 1972 Mr. Burt was a senior research associate at the United States Naval War College. He was appointed in 1981 as Director of the Bureau of Politico-Military Affairs in the Department of State, where he served for a year. He has served as Assistant Secretary of State for European and Canadian Affairs since 1983.

Mr. Burt graduated from Cornell University (B.A., 1969) and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (M.A., 1972). He is married to the former Gahl Lee Hodges.