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Nomination of John Edwin Upston To Be United States Ambassador to Rwanda

October 24, 1985

The President today announced his intention to nominate John Edwin Upston, of Virginia, as Ambassador to the Republic of Rwanda. He would succeed John Blane.

Mr. Upston was an associate with Draper, Gaither, and Anderson in Palo Alto, CA, from 1959 to 1964. In 1964 he became a member of the management planning staff (West Africa) with the Department of State. From 1966 to 1968, he was a member of the permanent U.S. delegation to the United Nations in New York and an adviser in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs in the Department. In 1969 he was an associate with the investment banking firm of Burnham and Co. Mr. Upston then returned to the Department in 1971 to serve as special assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Management, where he remained until 1973 when he became Executive Director of the United States National Commission for Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), United Nations, in the Department. In 1981 he was a Presidential delegate to the independence celebration of Antigua and Barbuda. In 1981 he also served as a member of the White House Puerto Rico Task Force. Since 1981 he has been Department of State Coordinator for Caribbean Affairs.

Mr. Upston graduated from Stanford University (A.B., 1958). He has four children. He was born April 17, 1935, in Maxwell Field, AL, and currently resides in Leesburg, VA.

Ronald Reagan, Nomination of John Edwin Upston To Be United States Ambassador to Rwanda Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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