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James Leonard

Former U.S. Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations

Former President, UN Association of USA

Topics: Diplomacy

Regions: Damascus, Taipei, Korea, Geneva

Bio: The President today announced that he will nominate James F. Leonard, Jr., of New York, N.Y., to be the Deputy Representative of the United States to the United Nations, with the rank and status of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. Leonard is president of the United Nations Association in New York.

He was born May 30, 1920, in Osborne, Pa. He received a B.S. from Princeton University in 1942 and took courses in Soviet studies at Harvard in 1952-53 and in Chinese studies at Columbia University in 1963-64. Leonard speaks French, Russian, and Mandarin Chinese.

He served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from 1942 to 1946 and was an engineer with the Army Map Service from 1947 to 1948.

He entered the Department of State in the Courier Service in 1948. From 1949 to 1951, he served as Economic and Political Officer in Damascus, and from 1953 to 1955 he was Political Officer in Moscow

Leonard served as Political Officer at NATO in Paris from 1955 to 1957. He took Chinese language training at the Foreign Service Institute and Taichung Field School from 1957 to 1960, and from 1960 to 1963 he was Political Officer in Taipei.

He served in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research as Deputy Director of the Office of Research and Analysis for Far Eastern Affairs in 1965 and 1966, and as Director of the Office of Strategic Research from 1966 to 1968. He was Country Director for Korea in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs from 1968 to 1969.

From 1969 to 1973, Leonard was Assistant Director of International Relations in the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, and from 1969 to 1971 he served Concurrently as head of the United States delegation to the Conference of the Committee on Disarmament in Geneva. He was vice president for policy studies at the United Nations Association in New York from 1973 until 1974, when he became president of the Association.

Source: http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=7232