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Public Papers - 1989 - September

Continuation of Richard T. Kennedy as Ambassador at Large


The President today announced that Richard T. Kennedy will continue to serve as Ambassador at Large.

Since 1982 Ambassador Kennedy, appointed by former President Reagan, has served as Ambassador at Large. In this capacity he serves as Special Advisor to the Secretary of State on Nuclear Non-Proliferation Policy and Nuclear Energy Affairs. Since 1981 he has served as the U.S. Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna. He served as Under Secretary of State for Management, 1980 - 1981, and as President-elect Reagan's transition team leader at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, 1980 - 1981. Ambassador Kennedy served as Commissioner of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, 1976 - 1980; Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Council Planning, 1969 - 1975; and Director, Africa Region, International Security Affairs at the Department of Defense, 1965 - 1969.

Ambassador Kennedy graduated from the University of Rochester (B.A.) and Harvard University (M.B.A.). He served in the U.S. Army, 1941 - 1971, and was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, and the Army Commendation Medal. Ambassador Kennedy was born December 24, 1919, in Rochester, NY. He is married and currently resides in Washington, DC.

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