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United States Ambassador to Guyana Nomination of John R. Burke.

July 08, 1977

The President today announced that he will nominate John R. Burke, of Madison, Wis., to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States to the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, which position has been vacant since the resignation of Max V. Krebs. Burke is Deputy Chief of Mission in Bangkok.

Burke was born December 7, 1924, in Madison, Wis. He received an A.B. (1947) and an M.A. (1950) from the University of Wisconsin. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1950 to 1953.

From 1953 to 1956, Burke was administrative assistant to the director of the Wisconsin State Historical Society. In 1954-55 he was also a teaching assistant at the University of Wisconsin.

He joined the Foreign Service in 1956, and in 1957 and 1958 served as Deputy Chief of the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization Division in Bangkok. From 1958 to 1961, he was consular officer in Paris, and from 1961 to 1963 he was an international relations officer at the State Department.

From 1963 to 1967, Burke was Deputy Chief of the political section in Saigon, and in 1967 he was special assistant to the Assistant Secretary of State. From 1967 to 1969, he was director of the Vietnam working group, and in 1969 he served as country director for Vietnam. In 1969-70 he was detailed to the National War College.

Burke was Deputy Chief of Mission in Port-au-Prince from 1970 to 1972, and Director of Caribbean countries in the Bureau of Inter-American Affairs from 1972 to 1975. In 1975-76 he was detailed to the Foreign Service Institute, and since 1976 he has been Deputy Chief of Mission in Bangkok.

Jimmy Carter, United States Ambassador to Guyana Nomination of John R. Burke. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/244282