The President today announced that he will nominate Charles D. Ferris, of Boston, Mass., to be a member of the Federal Communications Commission. The President indicated that if confirmed, Ferris would be designated Chairman of the Commission. He would replace Richard Wiley, term expired.
Ferris was born April 9, 1933. He received an A.B. in physics from Boston College in 1954, and a J.D. from Boston College Law School in 1961.
In 1954 and 1955, Ferris was a research physicist for Sperry Gyroscope, and from 1958 to 1960 he was an assistant professor of naval science and marine engineering at Harvard University. From 1961 to 1963, he was a trial attorney in the Civil Division of the Department of Justice.
In 1963 and 1964, Ferris served as associate general counsel of the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee, and from 1964 to 1977 he was chief of staff and general counsel of that committee. Since January 1977 he has been general counsel to Speaker of the House Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr.