Nomination of Dean E. Fischer To Be an Assistant Secretary of State

June 4, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate Dean E. Fischer, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Public Affairs). He would succeed William J. Dyess, who is resigning.

Mr. Fischer was a reporter with the Des Moines Register of Des Moines, Iowa, from 1960 to 1964. From 1964 to 1981, he has been with Time magazine, first as correspondent and most recently as news editor of the Washington bureau.

Since 1981 he has been Spokesman of the Department of State.

Mr. Fischer received his B.A. in 1958 from Monmouth College and M.A. from the University of Chicago in 1960. In 1959 he attended the University of Calcutta (India). He is married to the the former Marina Farwagi and has four children.

Nomination of Vernon A. Walters To Be United States Ambassador at Large

June 4, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate Vernon A. Walters, of Palm Beach, Fla., as Ambassador at Large.

General Walters was in the United States Army from 1941 to 1976, when he retired as lieutenant general. His special assignments included serving directly under Presidents Truman, Eisenhower, and Nixon; as aide to Averell Harriman at the Marshall plan in Paris; Assistant to General Eisenhower to set up SHAPE Headquarters in Paris; staff assistant to President Eisenhower on all his foreign trips; accompanied Vice President Nixon on his trip to South America in 1957; military attache in Italy, Brazil, and France. He conducted negotiations with the North Vietnamese and Chinese in Paris from 1969 to 1972. From 1972 to 1976, he was Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

From 1976 to 1981, he has been consultant, lecturer, and author. Since 1981 he has been senior adviser to Secretary of State Haig.

General Walters was born January 3, 1917, in New York, N.Y. He attended the St. Louis de Gonzague in Paris, and Stoneyhurst College (United Kingdom). His languages are French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German, Dutch, and Russian.