The President today announced that he will nominate Francis J. Meehan, of Washington, D.C., to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States to the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic. He would replace Thomas R. Byrne, resigned.
Meehan was born February 14, 1924, in East Orange, N.J. He received an M.A. from the University of Glasgow in 1945 and an M.P.A. from Harvard University in 1957. He served in the U.S. Army from 1945 to 1947.
Meehan was an administrative assistant at the Economic Cooperation Administration from 1948 to 1951, and served in Frankfurt, Hamburg, and at NATO between 1951 and 1956. From 1957 to 1959, he was an intelligence research specialist at the State Department, and from 1959 to 1961, he was a political officer in Moscow.
From 1961 to 1966, Meehan served in Berlin as economic officer, then political officer. From 1966 to 1967, he was Director of the State Department Operations Center, and from 1967 to 1968, he was Deputy Executive Secretary of the State Department.
From 1968 to 1972, Meehan was Deputy Chief of Mission in Budapest. From 1972 to 1975, he was counselor for political affairs in Bonn. He served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Vienna from 1975 to 1977, and since 1977 has been Deputy Chief of Mission in Bonn.