The President has asked Robert F. Wagner of New York to serve as his Personal Representative to the Vatican. Wagner succeeds David Walters, resigned.
In his capacity as the President's representative, Wagner will visit the Vatican from time to time to exchange views on international and humanitarian subjects of interest and concern to the Vatican and to the U.S. Government.
Wagner has been a senior partner since 1975 in the law firm of Finley, Kumble, Wagner, Heine and Underberg in New York. In 1968 and 1969, he was United States Ambassador to Spain, and from 1954 to 1965, he served as mayor of New York City. Wagner has served in the New York State Assembly and as vice chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. He was a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force during World War II.