Appointment of Louis F. Laun as a Commissioner-Observer on the Commission on
Security and Cooperation in Europe
May 11, 1988
President today announced his intention to appoint Louis F. Laun
to be an executive branch Commissioner-Observer on the Commission on Security
and Cooperation in Europe. He would succeed Alfred Hugh Kingon.
1986 Mr. Laun has been an Assistant Secretary for
International Economic Policy at the Department of Commerce in Washington, DC. Previously he was
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Operations for the U.S. Foreign and Commercial
Service at the Department of Commerce in 1986. From 1977 to 1986, he was
president of the American Paper Institute. Mr. Laun
was also Deputy Administrator of the Small Business Administration, 1973 -
1977, and Associate Administrator in 1973.
Laun graduated from Yale University (A.B., 1942). He was
born May 19, 1920, in Battle Creek, MI. He served in the
United States Marine Corps, 1942 - 1946. He is married, has three children, and
resides in Washington, DC.
Nomination of John
Thomas McCarthy To Be United States Ambassador to Lebanon
May 11, 1988
President today announced his intention to nominate John Thomas McCarthy, of New York, a career member of the
Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Lebanon. He would succeed John
1985 Mr. McCarthy has been deputy chief of mission at the American Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan. Prior to this, he was
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, 1983 - 1985, and
Director of the Office of Investment in the Economic Bureau, 1980 - 1983. In
1976 he was assigned to Brussels, Belgium, as trade officer at
the U.S. Mission to the European Communities, followed by an assignment as
economic counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Brussels from 1978 to 1980. He
was the European Community desk officer, 1973 - 1976, and attended Harvard University for Atlantic affairs
training, 1972 - 1973. Mr. McCarthy was a political officer in the Bureau of
International Organization Affairs at the Department of State, 1971 - 1972. In
1968 he attended the Foreign Service Institute for Thai language training,
followed by a position as vice consul at the American consulate in Chiang Mai, Thailand, 1969 - 1971. Mr.
McCarthy entered the Foreign Service in 1962.
McCarthy graduated from Manhattan College (B.A., 1961) and Harvard University (M.P.A., 1973). He was
born December 27, 1939, in New York City. He is married, has
three children, and resides in Brentwood, NY.
Appointment of George
James Benston as a Member of the Interim Board of
Directors of the Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation
May 11, 1988
President today announced his intention to appoint George James Benston to be a member of the Interim Board of Directors of
the Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation. This is a new position.
1987 Dr. Benston has been the John H. Harland
Professor of Finance, Accounting, and Economics at the School of Business
Administration at Emory University, in Atlanta, GA. Prior to this he was a
professor of accounting, economics, and finance at the University of Rochester, 1969 - 1987. He has
also been an honorary visiting professor for City University, London School of
Economics, in London, England, since 1985.
Benston graduated from Queens College (B.A., 1952), New York University (M.B.A., 1953), and the
University of Chicago (Ph.D., 1963). He was
born March 18, 1932, in New York City. He served in the
United States Navy, 1953 - 1956, and the Reserves, 1956 - 1961. Dr. Benston is married, has two children, and resides in Atlanta, GA.
Appointment of Erwin P. Bettinghaus as a Member of the National Cancer Advisory
May 11, 1988
President today announced his intention to appoint Erwin P. Bettinghaus
to be a member of the National Cancer Advisory Board for a term expiring March
He will succeed Barbara Gregg Ingalls Shook.
1976 Mr. Bettinghaus has been the dean of the college
of communication arts and sciences at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI. Prior to this he
was the chairperson and professor in the department of communication at Michigan State, 1972 - 1976.
Bettinghaus graduated from the University of Illinois (B.A., 1952), Bradley University (M.A., 1953), and the University of Illinois (Ph.D., 1959). He was
born October 28, 1930, in Peoria, IL. He is married, has
three children, and resides in East Lansing, MI.