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Nomination of Frederic L. Chapin To Be United States Ambassador to Guatemala

July 10, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate Frederic L. Chapin, of New Jersey, to be Ambassador to Guatemala, vice Frank V. Ortiz, Jr., resigned.

Mr. Chapin was economic analyst in Paris with the Economic Cooperation Administration in 1950-52. In 1952 he became a Foreign Service officer and served as economic officer in Vienna. He was international relations officer in the Department of State in 1956-59. In 1959-61 he was political-labor officer in Managua, and charge d'affaires, then Deputy Chief of Mission in Fort Lamy in 1961-62. In the Department he was foreign affairs officer (1962-63), Special Assistant to Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs (1963-65), Executive Secretary with the Agency for International Development (1965-66), Foreign Service examiner (1966-67), Foreign Service inspector (1967-68), Country Director for Bolivia and Chile (1968-70), and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Management in the Bureau of Inter-American Affairs (1970-72). In 1972-78 he was Consul General in Sao Paulo, and Ambassador to Ethiopia from 1978-80. In 1980-81 he was Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Inter-American Affairs. In 1981 he was charge d'affaires ad interim in San Salvador.

Mr. Chapin graduated from Harvard University (A.B., 1950). His foreign languages are German, French, Spanish, and Portuguese. He is married, has four children, and resides in New Brunswick, N.J. He was born July 13, 1929, in New York, N.Y.

Ronald Reagan, Nomination of Frederic L. Chapin To Be United States Ambassador to Guatemala Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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