Nomination of Paul Fisher Gardner To Be United States Ambassador to Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands
The President today announced his intention to nominate Paul Fisher Gardner, of Texas, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, as Ambassador to Papua New Guinea and to the Solomon Islands. He would succeed M. Virginia Schafer, who is retiring from the Foreign Service.
Mr. Gardner was an English teacher at Asherton High School in Asherton, TX, in 1953-1954, and served in the United States Air Force in 1954-1956 as first lieutenant. In 1956 he entered the Foreign Service as intelligence analyst in the Department. He was consular officer in Tananarive (1959-1961) and political officer in Vientiane (1961-1963). He attended Indonesian language training at the Foreign Service Institute in 1963-1964. In 1964-1968 he was political officer in Jakarta, and Indonesian desk officer in the Department in 1968-1971. He was counselor for political-military affairs in Phnom Penh (1972-1974), and counselor for mutual security in Ankara (1974-1976). In Jakarta he was counselor for political affairs (1976-1978) and then Deputy Chief of Mission (1978-1981). Since 1981 he has been Director of Regional Affairs in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs in the Department.
Mr. Gardner graduated from the University of Texas (B.A., 1952; M.A., 1956). In 1952-1953 he attended the University of Bordeaux in France. His foreign languages are French and Indonesian. He was born October 31, 1930, in San Antonio, TX.
Ronald Reagan, Nomination of Paul Fisher Gardner To Be United States Ambassador to Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/261754