Office of Communication, Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Communications


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Frank Ursomarso is an American political strategist and an automotive industry executive with Delaware car dealerships.

Ursomarso was born on September 19, 1942 in Delaware. Ursomarso earned a B.A. degree from Gettysburg College in 1964, and a J.D. degree from UCLA in 1967.

During Ursomarso's service in the U.S. Army as a military police officer, he was a member of the task force on domestic disturbances.  On October 21, 1967, his unit, the 503d Military Police Battalion, was deployed to the Pentagon for the "March on the Pentagon," a Vietnam War protest. He served one year in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal.

Frank’s political career began in 1973, working with newly installed President Gerald R. Ford as a staff assistant. He remained in the Ford Administration until 1976. During this time, his most memorable moment was walking beside President Ford in Sacramento California, when a shooting attempt was made on President Ford. His ties to the Ford Administration remain strong, and he is a member of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation.

Ursomarso has also had an association with communications and broadcasting.  He has served as a member of the Pennsylvania Public Television Network. With this background, Ursomarso served as the television production coordinator for the 1976 and 1980 presidential debates.

During the Reagan Administration, Ursomarso was appointed as Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Communications effective February 23, 1981. He reported to David Gergen, who was Deputy to the Chief of Staff at the time. Following the injury to Press Secretary James Brady in the assassination attempt on President Reagan, communications responsibilities were revamped and revised. David Gergen was named Assistant to the President for Communications and Director of the Office of Communications. This office then became an umbrella office covering the White House Press Office, Office of Communications (Public Affairs) and Speechwriting. Ursomarso eventually resigned in September, 1981.

Ursomarso has other public service experience. He served on the Pennsylvania Securities Commission, the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission, and was Chairman of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.

Currently Ursomarso is Chairman of Union Park Automotive Group, a franchised automotive dealership for BMW, Volvo, Honda, Buick GMC and Jaguar brands. It has been in business and family-owned for three generations.

Ursomarso is a member of the Delaware Automobile and Truck Dealers Association. He also served on the Industry Relations and Communications Committees during his tenure on the Board of Directors at the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA).

Ursomarso is married to the former Catherine Sanders and lives in Wilmington, Delaware. He has three sons and three grandchildren.



Scope and Content Note

Originally the Library did not have an identified collection for Frank Ursomarso. During the arrangement and determination of provenance for the Office of Communications, references to Ursomarso and his work product were referred to by other Communications staff members. The Library subsequently discovered the Ursomarso material had been filed with the White House Office of Records Management collection for Michael Baroody in the Office of Public Affairs. Baroody was Ursomarso's assistant in the Office of Communications and eventually became the Director of the Office of Public Affairs.

The Frank Ursomarso collection consists of four series: SERIES I: Subject File; SERIES II: Calendars; SERIES III: Chronological File and SERIES IV: Personnel File.

SERIES I: SUBJECT FILE (2.5 l.ft; Box 1-7)

This series consists of material relating to agendas, background papers and minutes for Cabinet and Cabinet Council meetings for the first seven months of the Reagan administration; publications on the President’s new economic initiatives and first one hundred days in office; reports on debt collection, reports on fraud & waste, and reports on the President’s regulatory relief program; hand-written senior staff meeting notes; personnel recommendations and resumes; communication planning for selling the President’s economic program and for the Ottawa Summit in July 1981; and media briefings on the President’s economic program and social security commission findings. The material is arranged alphabetically by folder title.

SERIES II: CALENDARS (0.3 l.ft.; Box 7-8)

This series consists of material relating to event schedules for members of the Reagan administration including agency officials, Cabinet Secretaries and White House officials. It is arranged by type of calendar and then chronologically.


This series consists of material relating to replies to job seekers; request for photos and autographs; cover memos for recommendations on communications; communication plans for the Ottawa Summit and tax relief efforts; and routine administrative requests regarding the Office of Communications. It is arranged chronologically.

SERIES IV: PERSONNEL FILE (0.1 l.ft.; Box 8)

This series consists of material relating to personnel actions for the Office of Communications staff including resumes, actions to upgrade salaries or hourly information, invoices for part-time employees, financial disclosure reports, and applications for insurance. It is arranged alphabetically by the employee’s last name.

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