The President today announced the appointment of John E. Downs, of St. Joseph, Mo., as Representative of the United States on the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization. He replaces Betty C. Dillon, resigned. The President also announced that he will nominate Downs for the rank of Minister while serving in this position.
Downs was born May 12, 1917, in St. Joseph, Mo. He received an LL.B. (J.D.) from the University of Missouri in 1941. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1941 to 1945.
From 1947 to 1949, Downs was a group attorney with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and from 1950 to 1954 he was a prosecuting attorney for Buchanan County, Mo. Since 1954 he has been a trial lawyer. He has also served as a member of the Missouri State Legislature in 1956 and 1957, and a Missouri State senator from 1960 to 1970. He is licensed as a commercial pilot for single- and twinengine airplanes.