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Public Papers - 1989 - March

Nomination of Walter J.P. Curley To Be United States Ambassador to France


The President today announced his intention to nominate Walter J.P. Curley to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to France. He would succeed Joe M. Rodgers.

Since 1977 Ambassador Curley has been with W.J.P. Curley, Venture Capital, in New York City. Prior to this he was U.S. Ambassador to Ireland, 1975 - 1977. From 1958 to 1975, Ambassador Curley was with J.H. Whitney and Co., Venture Capital, in New York City. He was with California Texas Oil Co. in India and Italy, 1948 - 1957. Ambassador Curley also served as commissioner of public events and chief of protocol for New York City, 1973 - 1974.

Ambassador Curley attended Yale University (B.A., 1944); the University of Oslo in Norway, 1947; Harvard University (M.B.A., 1948); and Trinity College (LL.D., 1976). He served as a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps, 1943 - 1946. He is married, has four children, and resides in Bedford Village, NY.

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