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United States Ambassador to Nepal - Nomination of L. Douglas Heck

May 03, 1977

The President today announced that he will nominate L. Douglas Heck, of Clatskanie, Oreg., to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States to the Kingdom of Nepal. Heck is Director for Combating Terrorism in the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of State for Management.

He was horn on December 14, 1917, in Bern, Switzerland, of American parents. He received a B.A. in 1941 from Yale University.

From 1943 to 1945, he served as division assistant, then unit head, in the Division of World Trade Intelligence. From 1945 to 1952, Heck was assistant chief, acting chief, then chief of the Biographic Information Division.

In 1952 and 1953, Heck served as Acting Director of the Office of Library Information and from 1953 to 1959, he was political officer in Calcutta. From 1959 to 1962, he was Deputy Chief of Mission in Nicosia.

From 1962 to 1965, Heck was counselor of political affairs in New Delhi. He attended the National War College in 1965-66, and in 1966 served as a personnel staffing specialist in the State Department.

Heck was Country Director for India, Ceylon, Nepal, and the Maldive Islands from 1966 to 1968. From 1968 to 1970, he was Consul General in Istanbul. He was Deputy Chief of Mission in Tehran from 1970 to 1974.

Heck served as Ambassador to the Republic of Niger from 1974 until 1976, when he took his present position.

Jimmy Carter, United States Ambassador to Nepal - Nomination of L. Douglas Heck Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/243855