The President today announced that he will nominate William H. Gleysteen, Jr., of Jenkintown, Pa., to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States to the Republic of Korea. He would replace Richard L. Sneider, resigned.
Gleysteen was born May 8, 1926, in Peking, China, of American parents. He received a B.A. (1949) and M.A. (1951) from Yale University. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946.
Gleysteen joined the Foreign Service in 1951 and was posted in Taipei, Tokyo, and Hong Kong, and at the State Department. From 1966 to 1969, he was Deputy Director of the Office of United Nations Political Affairs at the State Department, and from 1969 to 1971, he was Director of the Office of Research-Analysis for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.
From 1971 to 1974, Gleysteen was Deputy Chief of Mission in Taipei. From 1974 to 1976, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, and in 1976 and 1977, he was detailed to the National Security Council. Since 1977 he has been Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.