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Nominations, October 20, 1982

Nomination of Edward Lionel Peck To Be United States Ambassador to Mauritania

October 20, 1982

The President today announced his intention to nominate Edward Lionel Peck, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, as Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania. He would succeed E. Gregory Kryza.

Mr. Peck served in the United States Army from 1946 to 1949 and in 1951 - 1952 as first lieutenant. He was a marketing trainee at General Petroleum Corp. in Los Angeles, Calif., in 1956 - 1957. In 1957 he entered the Foreign Service as an economic trainee in the Department. He was political and economic officer in Goteborg (1959 - 1962), attended Arabic language training in Tangier (1962 - 1964), was economic officer in Tunis (1964 - 1966), and principal officer in Oran, Algeria (1966 - 1968). In the Department he was Foreign Affairs Coordinator Officer in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research (1968 - 1971) and special assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs (1971 - 1974). He was Counselor for Economic and Commercial Affairs in Cairo (1974 - 1977), and principal officer, Minister-Counselor, in Baghdad (1977 - 1980). Since 1980 he has been Director of the Office of Egyptian Affairs in the Department.

Mr. Peck graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles (B.S., 1956) and George Washington University (M.B.A., 1973). His foreign languages are French, Swedish, Arabic, and Spanish. He is married, has four children, and resides in Chevy Chase, Md. He was born March 6, 1929.


Nomination of Two Members of the National Science Board

October 20, 1982

The President today announced his intention to nominate the following individuals to be members of the National Science Board, National Science Foundation, for terms expiring May 10, 1988:

Robert F. Gilkeson is chairman of the board of Philadelphia Electric. He has been associated with the company since 1939. He was elected executive vice president and a member of the board of directors in 1962, was elected president in 1965, chief executive officer in 1970, and chairman of the board in 1971. He is a member of the board of governors of the Electrical Association of Philadelphia and a member of the board of directors of the Edison Electric Institute (past chairman, 1974 - 1975). He is married, has five children, and resides in Wayne, Pa. He was born June 26, 1917. He would succeed Herbert D. Doan.

William F. Miller is president and chief executive officer of SRI International in Menlo Park, Calif. He has been associated with Stanford University since 1965. He served in various positions including associate provost for computing (1968 - 1970), vice president and provost (1971 - 1978) and professor of computer science and Herbert Hoover Professor of Public and Private Management in 1979. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Physical Society, the American Mathematical Society, and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. He is married, has one child, and resides in Stanford, Calif. He was born November 19, 1925. He would succeed John R. Hogness.


Nomination of Edward J. Derwinski To Be Counselor of the Department of State

October 20, 1982

The President today announced his intention to nominate Edward J. Derwinski to be Counselor of the Department of State. He would succeed James L. Buckley.

He was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1958 and has been a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs since 1963. He also serves on the Subcommittees on International Organizations and International Security and Scientific Affairs. He is ranking minority member of the House Post Office and Civil Service Committee, on which he has served since 1961, where he is also senior Republican member on the special Subcommittee on Investigations, as well as ex officio member of all other subcommittees. He is cochairman of the Commission on Congressional Mailing Standards. He served as a delegate with the rank of Ambassador to the United Nations for the 1971 General Assembly session.

Congressman Derwinski is the U.S. Congressional Representative on the council of the Interparliamentary Union, an international body comprised of legislators from over 100 countries which have parliaments or their equivalent. He is the regional whip for Republican Members of Congress who represent midwestern States. He was the first chairman and founder of the Republican Study Committee, a group of conservative House Members who work to promote responsible principles of government. He represents his Illinois colleagues on the National Republican Congressional Committee.

He graduated from Loyola University (B.S., 1951). He served in the Army during World War II. He is married, has two children, and resides in Arlington, Va. He was born September 15, 1926.