The President today announced the appointment of Gerald V. Howard and Wymberly DeR. Coerr as Commissioners on the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission.
Howard, of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., replaces Wilvan G. Van Campen, resigned. Howard was born September 18, 1918, in Nottingham, England, and became an American citizen in 1956. He received a B.A. (1941) and M.A. (1947) in biology from the University of British Columbia.
Howard was with the International Pacific Salmon Fisheries Commission in British Columbia from 1942 to 1948 and served as a fishery biologist for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations from 1948 to 1951. From 1951 to 1959, he was senior scientist for the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission.
From 1959 to 1966, Howard was laboratory director for the Bureau of Commercial Fisheries Biological Laboratory in California. Since 1966 he has been Regional Director of the National Marine Fisheries Service Southwest Region.
Coerr, of Carmel, Calif., replaces Glenn H. Copeland, resigned. Coerr was born October 2, 1913, in New York City. He received a B.S. from Yale University in 1936.
From 1939 to 1944, Coerr was a Foreign Service officer serving in Canada, Honduras, and Mexico. From 1944 to 1947, he was manager and education director of the Consumer Cooperative Corps in New York. He returned to the Foreign Service in 1947 and served in Fiji, Indonesia, Guatemala, Bolivia, at the State Department as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Inter-American Affairs, as Ambassador to Uruguay (1962 to 1965), and as Ambassador to Ecuador (1965 to 1968). He retired from the Foreign Service in 1973.
From 1973 to 1975, Coerr was Director of the Office of International Environmental Programs of the Smithsonian Institution. Since 1976 he has been West Coast Representative for Defenders of Wildlife and for Monitor, Inc.