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Public Papers - 1989

Nomination of Thomas Patrick Melady To Be United States Ambassador to the Holy See


The President today announced his intention to nominate Thomas Patrick Melady to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Holy See. He would succeed Frank Shakespeare.

Since 1986 Dr. Melady has been president of the Connecticut Public Expenditure Council in Hartford, CT. He was president of Sacred Heart University, 1976 - 1986. Dr. Melady has also served as a consultant to the U.S. Secretary of Education, 1982 - 1984, and an Assistant Secretary for Post-secondary Education, 1981 - 1982. He was Ambassador to the Republic of Burundi, 1969 - 1972, and Ambassador to the Republic of Uganda, 1972 - 1973. Dr. Melady was a professor at Seton Hall University, 1973 - 1974; a consultant for the National Urban League in New York, 1968 - 1969; and chairman of Seton Hall University, 1967 - 1969. He was an adjunct professor at Fordham University, 1966 - 1969; an adjunct professor at St. John's University; and president of the Africa Service Institute in New York, 1959 - 1967.

Dr. Melady graduated from Duquesne University (B.A., 1950) and Catholic University of America (M.A., Ph.D., 1954). He was born March 4, 1927, in Norwich, CT. He served in the U.S. Army, 1945 - 1947. Dr. Melady is married and has two children.

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