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Nomination of John Gunther Dean To Be United States Ambassador to India

July 15, 1985

The President today announced his intention to nominate John Gunther Dean, of New York, as Ambassador to India. He would succeed Harry G. Barnes, Jr.

In 1950 Mr. Dean entered government service as economic analyst with the Economic Cooperation Administration in Paris. In 1951-1952 he was an industrial analyst in Brussels. In 1953-1956 he was assistant economic commissioner with the International Cooperation Administration in Saigon, Phnom Penh, and Vientiane. Mr. Dean entered on duty in the Department of State in 1956. In 1956-1958 he served as political officer in Vientiane and in 1959-1960 as consular officer in Lome. In 1960-1961 he was Charge d'Affaires in Bamako and then became officer in charge of Mali-Togo affairs in the Department in 1961-1963. In 1963 Mr. Dean was adviser to the U.S. delegation to the 18th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, and in 1964-1965 he was an international relations officer in the Department. He went to Paris in 1965 as political officer and served there until 1969. In 1969-1970 he was a fellow at the Harvard Center for International Affairs in Cambridge, MA. He was then detailed to the Agency for International Development and served as Regional Director CORDS in Saigon until 1972. In 1972-1974 he was deputy chief of mission/counselor in Vientiane. In 1974-1975 he was Ambassador to the Khmer Republic; in 1975-1978 he was Ambassador to Denmark; in 1978-1981 he was Ambassador to Lebanon, and since 1981 he has been serving as Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand.

Mr. Dean graduated from Harvard University (B.S., 1947; M.A., 1950). He received his doctorate in 1949 from the Institut des Hautes Etudes (Paris). He served as a lieutenant in the United States Army in 1944-1946. His foreign languages are French, German, and Danish. He is married to the former Martine Duphenieux, and they have three children. He was born February 24, 1926, in Germany (naturalized in 1944).

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

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