Nominations & Appointments, February 28, 1983

Nomination of John Davis Lodge To Be United States Ambassador to Switzerland

February 28, 1983

The President today announced his intention to nominate John Davis Lodge, of Connecticut, as Ambassador to Switzerland. He would succeed Faith Ryan Whittlesey, who has accepted the position as Assistant for Public Liaison at the White House.

Mr. Lodge served in the United States Navy in 1942 - 1946 and was in the United States Naval Reserve until 1966, as captain. He was a law clerk with Cravath, de Gersdorff, Swaine and Wood (New York City) in 1929 - 1931 and in 1931 - 1932, he had an individual law practice in New York City. From 1932 to 1942, he was an actor with motion picture producing companies in the United States, England, France, and Italy. In 1946 he was with the American Economic Foundation. From 1946 to 1950, he was a United States Representative from the State of Connecticut and was Governor of the State of Connecticut in 1951 - 1955. He was Ambassador to Spain (1955 - 1961) and to Argentina (1969 - 1974). From 1961 to 1969, he was on speaking tours and engaged in political activity. Since 1974 he has been a speaker and writer in Westport, Conn. In 1982 he served as United States Representative to the Thirty-seventh Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations.

Mr. Lodge graduated from Harvard University (B.A., 1925) and Harvard Law School (J.D., 1929). He attended the Ecole de Droit in Paris in 1925 - 1926. His foreign languages are bilingual French and Spanish, fluent Italian, and some knowledge of German. He was born October 20, 1903, in Washington, D.C.

Appointment of James B. Furrh, Jr., as United States Federal Representative on the Sabine River Compact Administration

February 28, 1983

The President today announced his intention to appoint James B. Furrh, Jr., to be Federal Representative of the United States on the Sabine River Compact Administration (Louisiana and Texas). He will succeed Lamar E. Carroon.

Mr. Furrh has operated as an independent geologist, primarily in Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, north Louisiana, east Texas, and Arkansas, since 1960. From 1954 to 1960, he was employed as petroleum geologist by Ohio Oil Co. (now Marathon Oil Co.) in Jackson, Miss.

He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin (B.A., 1948; B.S., 1950). He is married, has three children, and resides in Jackson, Miss. He was born April 13, 1926, in Marshall, Tex.