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United States Ambassador to Pakistan Nomination of Arthur W. Hummel, Jr.

May 23, 1977

The President today announced that he will nominate Arthur W. Hummel, Jr., of Chevy Chase, Md., to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States to Pakistan. Hummel was Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs from 1976 to 1977.

Born June 1, 1920, in China of American parents, he attended Antioch College from 1937 to 1939 and the College of Chinese Studies in Peking from 1940 to 1941. He received an M.A. in Chinese from the University of Chicago in 1949.

Between 1938 and 1941, Hummel worked as a hospital orderly, a salesman, and a laboratory assistant. He was teaching English in Peking from 1940 to December 8, 1941, when he was interned by the Japanese. He escaped from the internment camp in 1944 and joined a unit of Chinese guerrillas, which he remained with, in Eastern China, until V-J Day, 1945.

In 1945 and 1946, he worked as a liaison officer at Tientsin, China, for the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration. Also in 1946 he was a staff lecturer in New York City for United Service to China until 1947, when he entered the University of Chicago Graduate School.

He began his career with the State Department in 1950 as a foreign affairs officer. In 1952 he went to Hong Kong as public affairs officer, and in 1955 he was transferred to Tokyo as the deputy public affairs officer. He return to Washington in 1960 and after attending the National War College was assigned as Deputy Director of the Voice of America.

Hummel served as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs from 1963 until 1965 when he went to Taipei as Deputy Chief of Mission. From 1968 to 1971, he served 'as Ambassador to Burma. From 1971 to 1975, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs. From 1975 to 1976, he served as Ambassador to Ethiopia, and from 1976 to 1977, he served as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.

Jimmy Carter, United States Ambassador to Pakistan Nomination of Arthur W. Hummel, Jr. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/243028