MEXICO CITY — U.S. Ambassador John Gavin, the former film actor whose appointment by President Reagan triggered widespread criticism, said today that he is resigning his post to return to private life.
The surprise announcement came nearly five years after Gavin took up the post at the request of Reagan, his good friend and former Hollywood colleague.
"It has been a splendid challenge to represent you and our people in what is, perhaps, our most important bilateral relationship," Gavin said in a letter to President Reagan read to reporters at the U.S. Embassy.
"Much has been accomplished during this period. We have assisted Mexico in times of crisis.
'The Time Has Come'
"I believe, however, that I have accomplished the major task you set for me, the time has come for me to return to the private sector and meet new challenges.