The President today announced that he will nominate Richard I. Beattie, of Washington, D.C., to be General Counsel of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. He would replace F. Peter Libassi, who has resigned.
Beattie is currently executive assistant to HEW Secretary Joseph Califano, and is a former Deputy General Counsel at HEW.
He was born March 24, 1939, in New York City. He received a B.A. in economics from Dartmouth College in 1961 and an LL.B. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1968. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a jet pilot from 1961 to 1965.
From 1968 to 1977, Beattie practiced law with the New York law firm of Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett, as an associate until 1975 and a partner from 1975 to 1977. He was Deputy General Counsel at HEW from 1977 until 1978, when he became executive assistant to Secretary Califano.
From 1970 to 1977, Beattie was also a trustee of Community Law Offices, a nonprofit corporation providing legal services to the poor in New York City. From 1975 to 1977, he was on the board of directors of City School News, a privately funded, nonprofit corporation organized as a public education information service for New York City.