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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release May 1, 1996


The President today announced the nomination of Anne W. Patterson of Arkansas, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, as Ambassador to the Republic of El Salvador.

Mrs. Patterson is currently Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs. From 1993 to 1995 she was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Central America and the Caribbean. She was director for the Andean countries from 1991 to 1993 and has served as political counselor at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in Geneva. She also served as economic counselor in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Mrs. Patterson has held a variety of political and economic assignments since joining the Foreign Service in 1973. She received the Department's Superior Honor Award in 1981 and 1988, its Meritorious Honor Award in 1977 and 1983, and a Presidential honor award in 1993.

Mrs. Patterson was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas on October 4, 1949. She graduated from Wellesley College and attended the University of North Carolina. She is married to David R. Patterson, a retired Foreign Service Officer, also from Fort Smith, Arkansas. They have two sons, Edward, 14, and Andrew, 9.