American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC)
1994 - 2001 Commissioners
General Fred F. Woerner, USA (Ret) – Chairman
Prior to his retirement from active duty on Nov. 1, 1989, General Woerner was commander in chief, United States Southern Command. Born in Philadelphia, he graduated and received his commission from the U. S. Military Academy, West Point, N. Y., and holds a master of arts degree in Latin American history from the University of Arizona. An infantry commander and Latin American specialist, the general served two tours in Vietnam. From 1990-2003, he was a professor of international relations at Boston University.
Governor Hugh L. Carey – Vice Chairman
(April 11, 1919 – August 7, 2011)
A former governor of New York and member of Congress, Hugh Carey was chairman of the board of advisors, Cambridge Partners, L.L.C. in New York, counsel in the Palm Beach office of Heinrich, Gordon, Hargrove, Weihe & James, and counsel to Whitman, Breed, Abbott & Morgan. Born in Brooklyn, the governor graduated from St. John’s University and the St. John’s School of Law. During World War II, he served in France, the Netherlands and Germany with the 104st Infantry Division, rising to the rank of colonel, and helped liberate the Nordhausen concentration camp.
Brig. Gen. Evelyn P. Foote, USA (Ret)
Born in Durham, N.C., General Pat Foote is a graduate of Wake Forest University, holds a master of science degree in public administration from Shippensburg State University, and an honorary doctor of arts degree from Wake Forest. She is also a 1980 graduate of the executive program of the University of Virginia. Her military service includes assignments in Europe and with Headquarters, U. S. Army Vietnam. Prior to retirement from active duty in 1989, she was commanding general, Fort Belvoir, Va.
Steven M. Hilton
Steven Hilton is the vice president of government relations for McDonald’s Corporation and a former principal with the Legislative Strategies Group, a government relations firm in Washington, D.C. He served the Clinton administration as deputy assistant to the president and deputy director in the Office of Public Liaison, served as Of Counsel to the D.C. law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer and Feld, L.L.P. and served as minority chief of counsel and staff director for the Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution and as senior legislative assistant to Sen. Specter. A major in the Army Reserve, he received a B.A. in politics from Princeton University and his J.D. from Georgetown.
Rolland E. Kidder
A native of Jamestown, N. Y., Rolland Kidder graduated from Houghton College, the Evangelical Theological Seminary and the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law. The founder and former president of Kidder Exploration, Inc., Kidder also served as an investment advisor at P. B. Sullivan & Co. Mr. Kidder served as an officer in the Navy on a minesweeper based in Japan and on a patrol boat in Vietnam. He served in the New York State Assembly from 1975 to 1982, and as trustee, New York Power Authority from 1983 through 1993.
Brig. Gen. Douglas Kinnard, USA (Ret)
(September 3, 1921 – July 29, 2013)
Douglas Kinnard, a 1944 graduate of the U. S. Military Academy, West Point, N. Y., served in combat in World War II, Korea, and twice in Vietnam. After receiving a Ph.D. in politics from Princeton University in 1973, he joined the political science faculty at the University of Vermont. While there, he took a two-year leave of absence to serve as chief of military history, U. S. Army. An emeritus professor at Vermont, he continues to write and lecture, and has been a visiting professor at many universities. He is the author of five books and numerous articles and essays.
Governor Ned R. McWherter
(October 15, 1930 – April 4, 2011)
Ned McWherter was the governor of Tennessee from 1987 to 1995. Prior to his appointment to the American Battle Monuments Commission, he served on the Postal Service Board of Governors. He was elected to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 1968, serving as Speaker of the House and chairman of the House Calendar and Rules Committee. He served on the boards of several corporations and financial institutions, was a member of the Board of Governors of the Council on State Governments, and served 21 years in the Tennessee National Guard, retiring as a captain.
Frank B. Moore
Frank Moore served as assistant to the president for congressional liaison during the Carter administration, and served then-governor Carter as special assistant and chief of staff. He was vice president for government affairs at WMX Technologies, Inc., and served on the boards of several organizations such as the World Board of Governors of the USO, the Democratic Leadership Council, the Environment Committee of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the Lincoln Park Zoo Board. He received a B.B.A. in finance from the University of Georgia, and is a graduate of the Harvard Advanced Management Program. He currently serves as the Treasurer of the Friends of the National World War II Memorial.
William G. Simpson
William Simpson is president of Bill Simpson and Associates, Inc. He served as Washington representative for three successive governors of Mississippi, and during the Carter administration was a deputy assistant to the president. From 1968 to 1978, he was an administrative assistant to Senator Eastland, and prior to that was special assistant to Governor Johnson of Mississippi. He is a former naval officer and a graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. He attended the Marion Military Institute and the University of Mississippi.
William M. Wardlaw
William Wardlaw is a partner of Freeman Spogli & Co., Inc., a privately owned merchant banking firm. From 1984 to 1988, he was managing partner of Riordan & McKinzie and, from 1980 to 1984, he was a partner at O’Melveny & Myers. He is the recipient of the 1995 Urban Leadership Award and the Greater Los Angeles African-American Chamber of Commerce Special Recognition Award. He received a B.A. with highest honors from Whittier College and a J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Ambassador F. Haydn Williams
Ambassador Williams is a World War II Navy veteran. He graduated from UC Berkeley, and holds an MA and Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He held a number of senior defense department positions during the Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations, and served as President Nixon and Ford’s personal representative for the Micronesian Status Negotiations from 1971-76. Ambassador Williams served on a number of government, cultural, education and public affairs boards and commissions, and is president emeritus of The Asia Foundation.
After initial consultations with the National Park Service (NPS) and others, Ambassador Williams led the effort to establish Friends of the National WWII Memorial and, in 2007, became its first chairman. He also did much of the drafting the National Park Service Friends of the National WWII Memorial Agreement establishing Friends as the Park Service’s private partner for the WWII Memorial. On his retirement he was elected Friends Chairman Emeritus in 2009 but remains actively interested in the organization and its ongoing mission.