The President today announced that he will nominate Jerrold Martin North, of Skokie, Ill., to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States to the Republic of Djibouti. He would be the first American Ambassador since the independence of Djibouti in June 1977.
North has been Deputy Chief of Mission in Mogadishu since 1979.
He was born December 8, 1931, in Chicago, Ill. He received a B.S. from the United States Military Academy in 1954 and an M.S. from the University of Alabama in 1960. He served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1963.
North joined the Foreign Service in 1963 and was posted in Leopoldville, Bukavu, Brussels, and at the State Department. From 1971 to 1973, he was detailed to the Agency for International Development as an area development adviser in Saigon.
From 1973 to 1974, North was a program analyst officer at the State Department, and from 1974 to 1976, he was administrative officer in Lilongwe. From 1976 to 1979, he was Deputy Chief of Mission in Freetown.