Nominations & Appointments, April 23, 1985

Nomination of John Arthur Ferch To Be United States Ambassador to Honduras

April 23, 1985

The President today announced his intention to nominate John Arthur Ferch, of Ohio, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, as Ambassador to the Republic of Honduras. He would succeed John Dimitri Negroponte.

Mr. Ferch entered the Foreign Service in 1958. He began with language training at the Foreign Service Institute, where he studied until 1959. In 1959 - 1961 he was vice consul/economics officer at our Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina. From there he became an international relations officer at the U.S. Mission to the Organization of American States in Washington, DC, in 1961 - 1963. In 1963 - 1964 he was on detail to the University of Michigan for advanced economics training. He became an economics officer in Bogota, Colombia, 1964 - 1967. In 1967 - 1969 he served as principal officer in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic. In 1969 he was chief of the economic section in San Salvador, El Salvador, until 1971, when he went to Guatemala to serve in the same capacity until 1975. In 1975 - 1976 he attended the National War College. In 1976 he became Director, Office of Food Policies and Programs, in the Department until 1978, when he went to Mexico to serve as deputy chief of mission. From 1982 to the present, he has been Chief of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, Cuba.

Mr. Ferch received his B.A. in 1958 from Princeton University and later attended George Washington University and the University of Michigan. His foreign language is Spanish. Mr. Ferch is married to the former Sue Ann McMurray, and they have four children. He was born February 6, 1936, in Toledo, OH.

Appointment of Frederick Elliot Hart as a Member of the Commission of Fine Arts

April 23, 1985

The President today announced his intention to appoint Frederick Elliot Hart to be a member of the Commission of Fine Arts for a term of 4 years. He would succeed Walter A. Netsch.

Mr. Hart is a sculptor in Washington, DC. His works include the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the west facade sculptures for the National Cathedral, both in Washington, DC. In 1975 he founded the firm of Hytla & Hart, Ltd., a design and production company specializing in architectural sculpture and traditional decorative elements for restoration projects as well as new construction.

He is a member of the National Sculpture Society and the Sacred Arts Commission. He attended the University of South Carolina, American University, and the Corcoran School of Art.

He is married, has two children, and resides in Washington, DC. He was born November 3, 1943, in Atlanta, GA.