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Appointment of Lyndon K. (Mort) Allin as Deputy Press Secretary to the President

September 14, 1981

The President today announced the appointment of Lyndon K. (Mort) Allin to be Deputy Press Secretary to the President.

Mr. Allin's responsibilities will be in the area of foreign affairs, providing guidance on issues and assisting in the coordination with the National Security Council, the State Department, and the Defense Department. He will also continue to serve as Press Office liaison with members of the foreign press corps. Mr. Allin will report to Larry Speakes, Principal Deputy Press Secretary.

A Foreign Service Reserve officer with the U.S. International Communications Agency, Mr. Allin has been Associate Press Secretary since January 20, 1981. In December 1980, he was transferred from the U.S. Embassy in Lagos, Nigeria, to assist the Office of the President-elect in working with foreign correspondents. He went to Lagos as assistant information officer in February 1979. He joined the United States Information Agency in 1975 and has earned Meritorious Service Awards both from USIA and its successor, USICA.

In 1975 Mr. Allin was deputy director of the American Council of Young Political Leaders. From 1968 to 1974, he was editor of the Daily News Summary for Presidents Nixon and Ford, and Special Assistant to the President in 1973-74. In 1967-68 Mr. Allin was national director of Youth for Nixon. Previously he was a high school social studies instructor in Janesville, Wis.

Mr. Allin graduated from the University of Wisconsin (B.A., 1963). He is married, has two children, and resides in Washington, D.C. He was born February 7, 1941, in Detroit, Mich.

Ronald Reagan, Appointment of Lyndon K. (Mort) Allin as Deputy Press Secretary to the President Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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