The President today announced his intention to nominate Lewis Arthur Tambs to be Ambassador to Colombia. He would succeed Thomas D. Boyart.
Mr. Tambs served in the United States Army in 1945-1947 and in 1950-1951. In 1953-1954 he was an assistant plant engineer at Standard Brands, Inc., in San Francisco, Calif. He was in Venezuela as pipeline engineer at Creole Petroleum (1954-1957) and general manager of CACYP-Instalaciones Petroleras (1957-1959). From 1960 to 1961, he was cryogenic small piping designer at Air-Reduction Corp. in San Francisco. He was teaching and research assistant at the University of California at Berkeley (1961-1964) and instructor, then assistant professor of history at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebr. (1965-1969). In 1969-1982 he was with Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz., as assistant professor of history (1969-1970), associate professor (1970-1975), and professor (1975-1982). In 1972-1975 he was also director of the Center for Latin American Studies. Since 1982 he has been a consultant to the National Security Council at the White House.
He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley (B.S.I.E., 1953) and the University of California at Santa Barbara (M.A., 1962; Ph.D., 1967). His foreign languages are Spanish and Portuguese. He is married, has four children, and resides in Washington, D.C. He was born July 7, 1927, in San Diego, Calif.