The President today announced that he will nominate Thomas J. Corcoran, of Washington, D.C., to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States to the Republic of Burundi. He would replace David E. Mark, resigned.
Corcoran was born September 20, 1920, in New York City. He received a B.S.S. from Saint John's University in 1940. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1947.
Corcoran joined the Foreign Service in 1948 and served as consular officer in Barcelona from 1948 to 1950 and as political officer in Saigon from 1950 to 1953. He took Thai language and area training in 1953-54.
Corcoran was principal officer in Hanoi in 1954 and 1955 and political officer in Saigon in 1955 and 1956. He was a supervisory international relations officer at the State Department from 1956 to 1959. In 1959-60 he was detailed to the Armed Forces Staff College.
In 1960 and 1961, Corcoran was political officer for POLAD/CINCPAC in Honolulu, and in 1961 and 1962 he was deputy political officer for POLAD/ CINCPAC. He was Deputy Chief of Mission in Ouagadougou from 1962 to 1964.
In 1964 and 1965, Corcoran was an international relations officer at the State Department, and in 1965 and 1966 he was political officer in Saigon. He was principal officer, then consul general, in Hue in 1966 and 1967.
Corcoran attended the National War College in 1967-68. He was country director for Laos-Cambodia at the State Department from 1968 to 1972. In 1972 and 1973, he was a personnel officer at the State Department, and in 1973 and 1974 he was Deputy Chief of Mission in Port-au-Prince.
In 1974 and 1975, Corcoran was principal officer in Quebec. Since 1975 he has been Deputy Chief of Mission in Vientiane.