The President today announced that he will nominate Jean M. Wilkowski for the rank of Ambassador while serving as coordinator of United States preparations for the United Nations Conference on Science and Technology for Development.
Wilkowski was born August 28, 1919, in Rhinelander, Wis. She received a B.A. from St. Mary of the Woods College in 1941 and an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin in 1944.
She was an instructor and publicity director at Barry College in Miami, Fla., from 1941 to 1943 and an agricultural reporter at Wisconsin College of Agriculture in 1944. She joined the Foreign Service in 1945 and served as consular and economic officer in Port of Spain in 1945 and 1946.
Wilkowski was economic and commercial officer in Bogota, in 1947 and 1948 and in Milan from 1949 to 1951. From 1951 to 1953, she was an economist on the Italian desk at the State Department and was detailed to the Office of International Trade at the Department of Commerce.
From 1953 to 1956, she was commercial intelligence officer in Paris. In 1956-57 she studied economics at the University of California at Berkeley, and from 1957 to 1959 she was financial officer in Santiago.
From 1960 to 1962, Wilkowski worked on the GATT negotiations, including preparatory work at the State Department and the conference in Geneva. In 1962-63 she attended the Senior Seminar in Foreign Policy at the Foreign Service Institute.
Wilkowski was assistant chief of the economic section in Rome from 1963 to 1966 and deputy chief of mission in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, from 1966 to 1970. In 1970 and 1971, she was counselor for commercial affairs in Rome, and in 1971 she was chief of the U.S. delegation to the Inter-American Commission of Women, Organization of American States, in Bogota.
In 1971 and 1972, Wilkowski was minister-counselor for economic and commercial affairs in Rome. From 1972 to 1976, she was Ambassador to the Republic of Zambia. She was diplomat in residence at Occidental College in 1976-77 and in 1977 became coordinator of U.S. preparations for the United Nations Conference on Science and Technology for Development.