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February 13, 2009 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Joe M. Rodgers, 75, who served as U.S. ambassador to France during the 1980s, died Feb. 2 at his home in Nashville after battling cancer. Long active in Republican Party politics, Rodgers served as finance chairman of the Republican National Committee for three years beginning in 1979. He also served as national finance chairman for President Reagan's reelection campaign in 1984. Reagan appointed him ambassador to France in 1985 for a four-year term. His ties to Reagan stretched back to 1976, when he was the Tennessee finance chairman for Reagan's primary campaign against President Ford.
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February 13, 2009 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Joe M. Rodgers, 75, who served as U.S. ambassador to France during the 1980s, died Feb. 2 at his home in Nashville after battling cancer. Long active in Republican Party politics, Rodgers served as finance chairman of the Republican National Committee for three years beginning in 1979. He also served as national finance chairman for President Reagan's reelection campaign in 1984. Reagan appointed him ambassador to France in 1985 for a four-year term. His ties to Reagan stretched back to 1976, when he was the Tennessee finance chairman for Reagan's primary campaign against President Ford.
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November 29, 1988 | RONE TEMPEST, Times Staff Writer
When the 400 workers of the Gillette razor blade factory in this picturesque lakeside city heard rumors early this fall that their American parent corporation planned to close the plant, they launched an energetic counterattack. They dipped into union funds to take out full-page advertisements in Paris newspapers charging that Gillette planned to "shave" France of an important employer.
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November 29, 1988 | RONE TEMPEST, Times Staff Writer
When the 400 workers of the Gillette razor blade factory in this picturesque lakeside city heard rumors early this fall that their American parent corporation planned to close the plant, they launched an energetic counterattack. They dipped into union funds to take out full-page advertisements in Paris newspapers charging that Gillette planned to "shave" France of an important employer.
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July 19, 1985 | Associated Press
The Senate Thursday confirmed Joe M. Rodgers, a Nashville businessman, to be ambassador to France by voice vote.
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July 10, 1985 | Associated Press
President Reagan plans to nominate Joe M. Rodgers, 51, a Nashville, Tenn., developer, as U.S. ambassador to France and Thomas Niles, 45, deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Canadian affairs, as U.S. ambassador to Canada, the White House announced Tuesday.
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August 4, 1987
The White House is expected to name a successor to Commerce Secretary Malcolm Baldrige before Congress recesses Friday, according to international trade sources. But White House spokesman Marlin Fitzwater said that "no final decision" had been made. Leading an unconfirmed list of candidates is Joe M. Rodgers, who is ambassador to France. Baldrige died in a horse riding accident July 25. Other candidates include former North Carolina Sen. James T. Broyhill, U.S. Trade Representative Clayton K.
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July 9, 1985 | United Press International
President Reagan announced today that he is nominating Joe M. Rodgers, a Tennessee millionaire and active fund-raiser for the Republican Party, to be the next U.S. ambassador to France and career diplomat Thomas Michael Toliver Niles to be ambassador to Canada. Rodgers, 51, heads a Nashville construction firm and is credited with having raised more than $100 million for the GOP while serving as finance director of the Republican National Committee from 1978 to 1981.
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July 17, 1985 | Associated Press
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee, after closed-door discussions, recommended today that the Senate approve the nomination of Joe M. Rodgers--a conservative Nashville businessman with little foreign policy experience--to be the new U.S. ambassador to France. Rodgers, 51, who prospered in the construction business, served as finance chairman of President Reagan's reelection committee and was finance chairman of the Republican National Committee for three years beginning in 1979.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 1985
The first job facing Joe M. Rodgers, a Tennessee businessman and Republican fund-raiser who has been named U.S. ambassador to France, will be to live down the reputation set by his predecessor in Paris. Evan Galbraith, the outgoing ambassador, had the sort of qualifications that political appointees to major diplomatic posts should have but usually don't. He spoke French fluently and, during his banking career, had lived in the country for 10 years.
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April 29, 1986 | STANLEY MEISLER, Times Staff Writer
U.S. Ambassador Joe M. Rodgers tried to soothe French worries over a mounting mood of anti-French resentment in the United States with a statement Monday proclaiming that "the bonds of common values which unite us with France are too important to be put into question" by the French refusal to cooperate with the American bombing of Libya.
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