The President today announced that he will nominate James W. Spain, of California, to be Deputy Representative of the United States to the United Nations. He would replace James F. Leonard, who has been transferred to the position of deputy to Ambassador Robert Strauss.
Spain has been U.S. Ambassador to the United Republic of Tanzania since 1975.
He was born July 22, 1926, in Chicago, Ill. He received an M.A. from the University of Chicago in 1949 and a Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1959. He served in the U.S. Army from 1946 to 1947.
Spain was a consultant to the Secretary of the Army in Tokyo from 1949 to 1950, and cultural officer in Karachi from 1951 to 1953. From 1953 to 1955, he was a research fellow with the Ford Foundation, and from 1955 to 1963, he was a researcher and lecturer at Columbia University.
From 1963 to 1964, Spain was on the Policy Planning Staff at the State Department, and from 1964 to 1966, he was Director of the Office of Research and Analysis for Near East-South Asian Affairs. He was Country Director for Pakistan and Afghanistan from 1966 to 1969, and charge d'affaires in Islamabad in 1969.
From 1970 to 1972, Spain was Consul General in Istanbul, and from 1972 to 1974, he was Deputy Chief of Mission in Ankara. In 1974-75 he was diplomat in residence at Florida State University, and in 1975 he served as a Foreign Service Inspector at the State Department.