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Nomination of Frank V. Ortiz, Jr., To Be United States Ambassador to Peru

August 28, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate Frank V. Ortiz, Jr., of New Mexico, as Ambassador to Peru. He would succeed Edwin G. Corr.

Mr. Ortiz was liaison officer at the United States Senate in 1943-44 and served in the United States Army Air Force in 1944-46. In 1951-53 he was assistant officer in charge of Egypt and Anglo-Egyptian Sudan in the Department of State. He was economic officer in Addis Ababa (1953-56) and political officer in Mexico City (1956-57). In the Department he was special assistant to the operations coordinator in the Office of Under Secretary (1957-60) and special assistant to the Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs (1960-61). He was special assistant to the Ambassador in Mexico City in 1961-63. In 1963-66 he was country desk officer for Spain in the Department. He attended the National War College from 1966-67. He was counselor for political affairs in Lima (1967-70) and deputy chief of mission (charge d'affaires for 1 year) in Montevideo (1970-73). In the Department he was country director for Argentina, Uruguay, and Paraguay (1973-75) and deputy executive secretary (1975-77). In 1977-79 he was Ambassador to Barbados and to Grenada and Special Representative to Dominica and St. Lucia and to the Associated States. In 1979-80 he was Ambassador to Guatemala, and since 1980 he has been political adviser to the Commander in Chief of the United States Southern Command in Panama.

He graduated (B.S.) in 1950 from Georgetown University and received his M.S. in 1967 from George Washington University. He attended the University of Madrid (1950) and the University of Beirut (1952).

Mr. Ortiz was born March 14, 1926, in Santa Fe, N. Mex. He is married, has four children, and resides in Santa Fe, N. Mex.

Ronald Reagan, Nomination of Frank V. Ortiz, Jr., To Be United States Ambassador to Peru Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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