The President today announced his intention to nominate William G. Bowdler to be Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs. Bowdler has been Director of the Bureau of Intelligence and Research at the State Department since 1978.
He was born March 27, 1924, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and became a naturalized citizen in 1945. He received a B.A. in history from the University of Richmond in 1948 and an M.A. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in 1949. He served in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1946.
From 1950 to 1951, Bowdler was a research assistant at the State Department, and from 1951 to 1952, he was an international administration officer. From 1952 to 1956, he was an international relations officer in the Bureau of Inter-American Affairs. From 1956 to 1961, he was political and consular officer in Havana.
From 1961 to 1963, Bowdler was an international relations officer, and from 1963 to 1964, he was Deputy Coordinator of Cuban Affairs. From 1964 to 1968, he was executive liaison officer for Latin American affairs with the White House. From 1968 to 1971, he was Ambassador to El Salvador.
From 1971 to 1973, Bowdler was Ambassador to Guatemala. He became Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs in 1973 and Acting Assistant Secretary in 1974. He served as Ambassador to South Africa from 1975 to 1978.