Nomination of Herbert S. Okun To Be Deputy United States Representative to the United Nations
The President today announced his intention to nominate Herbert S. Okun, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be the Deputy Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations with the rank and status of Ambassador. He would succeed Jose S. Sorzano.
Mr. Okun is currently ambassador-in-residence at the Aspen Institute in Washington, DC. Previously he served as United States Ambassador to East Germany. Prior to that assignment, he was deputy head of the U.S. delegation to the Trilateral Negotiations on a Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty and deputy chairman of the U.S. delegation to SALT. Earlier he was deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Lisbon. Mr. Okun entered the Foreign Service in 1955 and was assigned to Munich as a consular officer. He then served in Belo Horizonte as consul and in Brasilia as principal officer and then counselor of the U.S. Embassy. After training at the Naval War College, Mr. Okun was Special Assistant to the Secretary of State and then was transferred to the Department's Office of Soviet Affairs. Named political adviser to the commander in chief of U.S. Forces in Southern Europe, he served in Naples until his transfer to Lisbon.
Mr. Okun graduated from Stanford University (B.A., 1951) and Harvard University (M.P.A., 1950). He speaks Portuguese, German, and Russian. He has three children and resides in Washington, DC. He was born November 27, 1930, in New York City.
Ronald Reagan, Nomination of Herbert S. Okun To Be Deputy United States Representative to the United Nations Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/259776