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Nomination of William Andreas Brown To Be United States Ambassador to Israel

May 20, 1988

The President today announced his intention to nominate William Andreas Brown, of New Hampshire, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Career Minister, as Ambassador to Israel. He would succeed Thomas R. Pickering.

In 1956 Mr. Brown entered the Foreign Service in the Department of State. He served as consular and commercial officer in Hong Kong, 1957 - 1959. From 1959 to 1961, he served as political officer in Singapore, followed by a tour in Kuching, Sarawak, as principal officer until 1965. He then studied the Russian language at the Foreign Service Institute, 1965 - 1966. He served as political officer in Moscow, 1966 - 1968, and New Delhi, 1968 - 1970. In 1970 he became Deputy Director in the Office of Asian Communist Affairs. He attended the National War College, 1972, and studied Mongolian at Leeds, England. Mr. Brown was detailed to the Environmental Protection Agency, where he served as Special Assistant to the Administrator, 1974 - 1976. In 1977 he went to Moscow as political counselor, where he served until 1978, when he departed for Taipei as deputy chief of mission, Charge d'Affaires, and, then, first acting director. He served as deputy chief of mission in Tel Aviv, Israel, in 1979 - 1982. From 1982 to 1983, he was visiting professor at the University of New Hampshire, and from 1983 to 1985, he served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs. Mr. Brown currently serves as U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand.

Mr. Brown graduated from Harvard College (B.A., 1952) and Harvard University Graduate School (M.A., 1955; Ph.D., 1963). He was born September 7, 1930, in Winchester, MA. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps, 1952 - 1954, and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, 1954 - 1960. Mr. Brown is married, has four children, and resides in Hillsboro, NH.