Nominations and Appointments, September 11, 1986

Nomination of Elinor Greer Constable To Be United States Ambassador to Kenya

September 11, 1986

The President today announced his intention to nominate Elinor Greer Constable, of New York, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, as Ambassador to the Republic of Kenya. She would succeed Gerald Eustis Thomas.

Mrs. Constable began her career as a summer intern for Senator Henry M. Jackson in 1954. From 1955 to 1957, she was an employee relations officer with the U.S. Geological Survey in Washington, DC. In 1957 Mrs. Constable joined the Foreign Service as a foreign affairs officer and then resigned for several years to accompany her spouse abroad. During this time, she was an English teacher part-time at the University of Honduras in Tegucigalpa, 1962 - 1964; volunteer support officer, VISTA/OEO, in Washington, DC, 1964 - 1967; and senior associate, TransCentury Associates, Washington, DC, 1971 - 1972. Mrs. Constable returned to the Department as a Foreign Service officer in 1973 and worked in personnel. She was detailed to the Energy Conservation Task Force at the Department of Commerce, 1973 - 1974, returning to the Foreign Service Institute in 1974 for training. From 1974 to 1975, she was with the Office of Trade until appointed Deputy Director of the Office of Investment Affairs. In 1977 she was on detail as a capital development officer for the Agency for International Development in Islamabad, Pakistan. Mrs. Constable returned to the Department in 1978 as Director of the Office of Investment Affairs; and in 1980 she became Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Finance and Development. From 1983 to 1986, she served as Senior Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs, having served as Acting Assistant Secretary from January to July 1985.

Mrs. Constable graduated from Wellesley College (B.A., 1955), and her foreign languages are Spanish and Urdu. She is married to Peter Dalton Constable, and they have three children.

Nomination of James Wilson Rawlings To Be United States Ambassador to Zimbabwe

September 11, 1986

The President today announced his intention to nominate James Wilson Rawlings, of Connecticut, as Ambassador to Zimbabwe. He would succeed David Charles Miller, Jr.

Mr. Rawlings worked part-time in legal research for the Utah attorney general's office, while in law school, 1957 - 1958. In 1958 he became an associate in the New York City law firm of Chadbourne, Parke, Whiteside & Wolff. He remained there until 1960, when he joined Union Carbide Corp. Mr. Rawlings has served in the following positions with Union Carbide: counsel to the metals division, 1960 - 1966; counsel to Union Carbide Eastern, Inc., 1966 - 1969; vice president, finance for metals division, 1969 - 1972; vice president and general manager, mining operations for metals division, 1972 - 1978; vice chairman, Union Carbide Africa and Middle East, Inc., 1978 - 1979; and chairman and president, Union Carbide Southern Africa, Inc., 1979 to the present.

He graduated from Brigham Young University (B.A., 1955) and the University of Utah College of Law (J.D., 1958). Mr. Rawlings served as a United States Air Force fighter pilot, 1950 - 1954. He is married to the former Joan E. Berkhimer, and they have five children. Mr. Rawlings was born October 12, 1929, in Provo, UT.