The President today announced that he will nominate Raymond E. Gonzalez, of La Habra, Calif., to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States to Ecuador. He would replace Richard J. Bloomfield, who has been transferred.
Gonzalez was born December 24, 1924, in Pasadena, Calif. He received a B.A. from the University of Southern California in 1949 and an M.A. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in 1950. He served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946.
Gonzalez joined the Foreign Service in 1951 and served in Guayaquil, Naples, Rome, and Brussels. In 1962 and 1963, he was an international economist at the State Department, and from 1963 to 1965, he was adviser to the U.S. Representative to the Council of the OAS. In 1965 and 1966, he attended the National War College.
Gonzalez was political officer in San Jose from 1966 to 1970 and in Lima from 1970 to 1974. Since 1974 he has been Deputy Chief of Mission in Panama.