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Nomination of Harry George Barnes, Jr., To Be United States Ambassador to Chile

April 26, 1985

The President today announced his intention to nominate Harry George Barnes, Jr., of Maryland, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Career Minister, as Ambassador to the Republic of Chile. He would succeed James Daniel Theberge.

In 1951 Mr. Barnes entered the Foreign Service as consular officer in Bombay and was head of the consular section in Prague in 1953-1955. He attended Russian language training in Oberammergau, Germany, in 1955-1956. He was publications procurement officer in Moscow in 1957-1959. In 1959-1962 he was political officer of the Office of Soviet Affairs in the Department. He attended the National War College in 1962-1963. In 1963-1967 he was deputy chief of mission in Katmandu. He attended Romanian language training at the Foreign Service Institute in 1967-1968 and was deputy chief of mission in Bucharest in 1968-1971. In the Department he was supervisory personnel officer (1971-1972) and Deputy Executive Secretary (1972-1974). In 1974-1977 he was Ambassador to Romania. In 1977-1981 he was Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Personnel in the Department. He was appointed Ambassador to India in 1981.

Mr. Barnes was born June 5, 1926, in St. Paul, MN. He graduated (B.A., summa cum laude, 1949) from Amherst College and received his M.A. in 1968 from Columbia University. He served in the United States Army in 1944-1946. His foreign languages are Romanian, Russian, Nepali, French, Hindi, Spanish, and German. He is married to the former Elizabeth Ann Sibley, and they have four children.

Ronald Reagan, Nomination of Harry George Barnes, Jr., To Be United States Ambassador to Chile Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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